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WAR: The other side of history

Letter by Gordon S. Kirkpatrick, Tacoma on May 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm with 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.


Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Does that make the sacrifice and individual honor of the servicemen any less significant?

    Choose another time to rant against war.

  2. averageJoseph says:

    Wow Gordy.

  3. Ortingmom says:

    You are entitled to your opinion, isn’t that great?

  4. The military fights.

    Congress and the President telss us who, where, when.

  5. We have the Memorial Day thing down pretty good. Now if we could just eliminate the homelessness in war veterans…..

    Memorials don’t put roofs over heads or meals in stomachs.

  6. Larry, well said. I think of all this yellow ribbon, I support the troop stuff just knee-jerk patriotism, it sounds good, but unless those same patriots want to stand up and fight for the vets when they return it means nothing.

  7. alindasue says:

    Amen to what scorn said.

  8. Well said Larry and Scorn.

  9. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The leftists here cannot resist turning the day into a political tool, another talking point.

    It is a day to honor. A day to remember the sacrifices. A day of pride knowing great men and women have willingly fallen to protect the average citizen.

    Talk about society’s shortcomings at some other time. We would not have the freedom to discuss this openly if not for those who laid down their lives.

  10. If we were honoring sacrifices, there would be no homeless vets.

    All the jingoism in the world doesn’t change this sickening fact.

  11. concernedtacoma7 says:

    So fix the economy. Stop the attack on business and let the country heal itself. Give them, and rest of the citizens, opportunity.

    Either way it has zero to do with Memorial Day. This string of letters (and your comments) is sickening.

    The left has taken a serious, sobering day and made it a day to attack the military. How low can you get. Be grateful for once. Raise a flag, visit a grave, and pause to remember freedom comes with a cost.

    Save your typical attacks on the military and your far left military-industrial complex conspiracy theories for another day. Show some tact, some class.

  12. Ike! A radical far lefty! I’ll accept moderate centralist compared to current crop of un-American neocon zombies and nut jobs.

  13. normajean says:

    I agree with Larry & Scorn to a point. It is still an element of respect not for the leaders but for those who died & in many ways needlessly for this country. A shameful government who allows disable vets to live in poverty and does nothing about it reveals our weaknesses as a ”free” nation. Here we go again with the ”left & right” BS. Labels, labels, labels.

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