Letters to the Editor

Too many have died in this archaic, pointless war

The time has come for our healthy young Americans to be pulled out of Iraq. They are in harm's way. They are in the middle of a civil war. A recent documentary has shown that if Iraqis run away from American troops, our troops are instructed to shoot. My niece, who is in the Army, confirms this.

Thousands of our soldiers have lost their lives in this archaic type of war. Tens of thousands have suffered major injuries. Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with the twin towers attack, is dead, while Osama bin Laden is alive. Halliburton Corp. has moved its headquarters to Dubai, the richest country in the world, no doubt to avoid paying taxes on the money earned in Iraq.

The troops who have changed their hearts and minds about their mission in Iraq have gone absent without leave. They have seen fathers killed while their children cry. Soldiers don't go AWOL on a whim. A lot of serious consequences follow such a decision.

Amid all this turmoil, I hear that President Bush's daughter is getting married ... how sweet.

GWEN VAN VELDHUIZEN

Oakdale

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