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Area residents offer opinions on Iraq war

March 20, 2003

Editors note: The Herald-Mail asked Tri-State area readers to phone in and tell us their thoughts about war with Iraq. Following are some of those responses. More responses will run in Friday's paper. Callers may express their opinions by calling 301-791-6236.

"I can't believe that true Americans are sitting here even debating the situation we are in. We have no choice but to do what we are doing. If you stop and think about it, about true history, we did everything we could to take over this country, now we have it and now we have to defend it. We have to defend it without backing down. These people that are protesting with peace signs. Where were they when my husband was dying in Vietnam and my best friends were all dying over there to defend the country that they live in now. ... Everyone that lives here, you all need to understand, you took this country over from people who didn't want to give it up and then you promised to protect it. Now protect it and stop complaining about it."


"I support our president. I think we have to fulfill our threats. But it scares me to death. I have an 18-year-old son and I fear for fellow military persons. I am also a retired military."

"I am opposed to the war with Iraq because thousands of people will die and we just don't have the money for it."

"If going to war with Iraq and toppling Saadam is all about the war on terrorism, then why do we not criticize other countries who harbor terrorists? Mainly Saudia Arabia, who is one of the biggest supporters of the al-Qaida group. They gave them money and the Saudi government gave them money. Many of the terrorists on 9/11 were from Saudia Arabia, yet the Bush Administration refuses to criticize Saudia Arabia in any way. Why, well again, it's the oil. The fact is that the Bush family has huge ties to the Saudis and have made millions and billions of dollars from the Saudi Arabia family. We are so worried about Iraq becoming a democracy, but we won't touch Saudia Arabia, who has no freedom for women, no religious tolerance. We won't touch any other countries but Iraq. Why is that? There is no reason for us to start going into other countries and toppling their governments because we don't approve of them. That is not the way we are supposed to work as a nation. We can't even protect our own borders and our own country."

"I want to know what's causing all the current problems, economic wise and otherwise. The big money, greed. Follow the money... This is Israel's war and we're a puppet and they're in control of the United States. ... I've never heard a soldier's point of view and me being a soldier of the United States Army my opinion is that that's what we're here for. Us as soldiers are here to go to war and to fight, and if we're not doing that then we're really not doing our job. And as a part of the United States Army, I do believe we need to go over there and take care of what needs to be done. We're just letting other countries push us around. Was the Twin Towers not enough for us to see they're trying to invade our country. And the people that are protesting against (war) are just saying 'come do it again to us, come do it again.'"

"I really think that the leaders of almost all of the Christian denominations ... have come out opposing this war. And that this is not a quote, just war, end quote. With our decision to attack another country pre-emptively, and this is the first time in U.S. history, and to ignore the democratic process of the United Nations, we are losing our moral authority. We're sacrificing the work of many U.S. leaders and diplomats to build bridges and to positively influence other countries. And I'm really sad about that. I think it's such a loss."

"You know it's really a shame that the United States is in the predicament it's in now with the Iraqi war coming and terrorism and it's all because of the simple fact that we've had to give everybody their rights. Don't matter if they're wrong or not, they've got their rights. We've left anybody in the country to roam around, to do what they've wanted to, to go on to sensitive military installations and take pictures and it just goes on and on and on. We have gotta quit listening to the few whiners and get this country back to where it was 25 or 30 years ago. A lot of people are blaming President Bush but it started before him. A lot of it was all the rights that Clinton gave to everybody."

"I'm all for the war in Iraq. I believe that this man has got to go. I support our troops and support President Bush and to all those liberals I would say, 'just leave the country.'"

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