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WAR: The other side of history

Letter by Gordon S. Kirkpatrick, Tacoma on May 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm | 13 Comments »
May 29, 2012 12:41 pm

Re: “To the Americans who fell, an obligation of memory” (editorial, 5-28).

I applaud your Memorial Day lament that Americans haven’t studied the wars we’ve fought. While they’re at it, they could learn about our Central American incursions on behalf of the United Fruit Company, our annexation of the Philippines from a helpless Spain, the fruitless and misguided adventures in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and our imperial war with Mexico.

Perhaps one or two will even ponder: How many tens of thousands died not to protect us or our country but as anonymous pawns in games of chess played by leaders with too much power and too few ethics.

 

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