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The right to pass judgment?

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Submitted by Marc Dreyfus (United States), Jan 28, 2003 at 10:39

I was at the peace rally and I marched with 500,000 people that Saturday. 500,000! It was below zero. I can't imagine how many people didn't show up because it was too cold for them.

We marched because this war on Iraq is unwarranted. Let the international community decide how to act. Are we so arrogant, that we know what is best for the world? Frankly, the choice to go to war is not an American choice, but a choice of the executive branch of our government. Cheney has been campaigning for this war for over a year now and Bush is manipulating you.

However, I decided to write because I don't understand your statement, "While I don't agree that the collateral taking of civilian lives or the sacrificing of American lives justifies taking out Saddam Heussein, I do believe that those few lives that may be sacrificed will serve to spare a great many more."

I agree that our armed forces should do their jobs and I agree that Saddam Hussein must be removed from power. However, I think this statement is a contradiction. You DO agree that the "collateral taking" of civilian lives...justifies taking out Saddam Hussein.

Be careful when you use euphemisms like "collateral damage". It is the murder of innocent civilians. People who are just like you and me. Innocent people who do not like the government that is in power over them. Who are we to decide who is sacrificed for our war? Is it your choice to judge who lives and who dies?

It is a crime to use 911 as an excuse to kill more people. I lost my cousin during 9/11. He was a fire fighter who risked his life. I don't see what a war on Iraq has to do with "United We Stand"

I am an American and I am a proud American. With that in mind, please let me know if you think I am removed from this tragedy.
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I did not make the statement you are attributing to me.

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