Do you really want us to lose?
December 20, 2005
Dear Editor:In response to Cathleen Krahe (Aspen Times, Dec. 16) and her rants on the Iraqi people and the misery inflicted upon them by the U.S. troops and U.S. Government, I can only say “GIVE ME A BREAK ALREADY!”We all just witnessed an election where Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds all turned out in large numbers to vote for their future. I suppose under Saddam these people had the same opportunity? I suppose Iraqi women had it so much better under Saddam and his henchmen? I suppose as Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and others suggest our soldiers are nothing more than thugs and criminals having a free-for-all at the expense of the Iraqi people? It seems to me the absolute hatred of Bush has skewed even some of the most intelligent thinkers and writers of our time into irrational ignorant lunatics. Lord knows this war has been mishandled, misjudged and many mistakes have been made by Bush and his advisors, however, the stakes for the U.S. and the Middle East are high.Lest we forget, it was better than three years before things turned for the U.S. in World War II. If you go back and look at articles, letters and opinion you will find the same vicious nonsense we see now in our local newspapers.I do not condone and did not support the Iraq war but I will not spit or dishonor the men and women who serve and fight for the U.S. My uncle was spat on and dishonored when he returned from Vietnam. Sometimes I think these rabid protesters long for another Vietnam so they can be happy in their misery. Perhaps some of you really want the U.S. to lose? Perhaps that will give you some kind of validation and make your life a little less miserable? I’m hoping beyond hope that somehow this conflict will bring about positive change. If not, then some of you people will get what you’ve been wishing for… and for the record, that’s pathetic.James MorganSnowmass Village