I am responding to the letter from Larry Brophy who recounted his discussion with his stepson. I also have been amazed by the number of good, honest, educated people that have continued to believe the information fed to them by the current administration, even after that information has been proven to be incorrect and untrue.
It is almost like they think if we admit that the reasons we started this terrible war were wrong, it makes our soldiers that have been fighting wrong. This is not true in the least. Those courageous men and women began the war thinking they were protecting us from a terrorist threat and they have fought bravely and honorably.
However, if they (and the rest of the United States) actually had known that Saddam had not been involved with the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and that Iraq was not a supporter of terrorism and that there were, in fact, no nuclear weapons and that members of the administration had been privately advocating an attack on Iraq for years, I don't think they, or the rest of us, would have made the decision to go and fight.
Yes, Saddam was a tyrant and was a threat to his people and his surrounding neighbors, but he was not a threat to us. We should have directed our resources at actually finding and destroying the terrorists, not Iraq.
I'm sure this will enrage some readers and I have been called a "bleeding heart liberal," which I freely admit. As a matter of fact, I can't believe that every heart in America isn't bleeding -- bleeding over the loss of 2,000 innocent Americans on Sept. 11, 2001; bleeding at the loss of over 2,500 brave soldiers; bleeding at the injury and disability of thousands of surviving soldiers that will suffer from this war for the rest of their lives and bleeding at the loss of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children.
America, which has always stood as a champion to the world and a guardian of human rights is now considered one of the countries that violates human rights and is a threat to other countries. Just imagine --Congress actually had to have hearings on whether we would condone torture by our troops and in our institutions. That is how far America has fallen?
I do not wish to make the situation that America now finds itself in a purely political problem -- as I see it, it is a moral question.
Do we continue this illegal and immoral war?
Rather than having the Republicans and Democrats stand on opposite sides, let's all stand as Americans and say that it is time to stop gambling with the lives of our young men and women. It is time to end the madness.
Editor's note: This letter was shortened to fit within the Payson Roundup's 400 word limit for Letters to the Editor.