RESPONSE - Rallying For America

(04/25/2003)

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to a few statements by Tony Russell in, Of Principalities and Powers, Rallying for America", on (3/29/03).

While Mr. Russell has the right to say what ever he wants. He must fully understand the facts before spreading this type of propaganda. Who really protects our rights throughout the world that we can live in a nation of free speech and peace? The answer is very simple to myself Mr. Russell. It's the United States Armed Forces.

Mr. Russell would have the public believe that supporting the troops is, "The ignorant who have only the most limited understanding of what it means to be a functioning citizen in a democratic society, that's what they understand patriotism demands society." I can not for a second believe this thought Mr. Russell, are you trying to tell the public that supporting the troops is unpatriotic. I served my country of my own free will in the U.S. Navy for over 4 years, I didn't pick and chose who to protect, I even helped to protect you Mr. Russell, so don't try and question one's patriotism or understanding of how a functioning citizen is supposed to think. Reading your article makes me wonder what is your underlying reason for making these bogus statements?

Mr. Russell goes on to state something to the effect that our President has dragged a reluctant country into the face of opposition of almost all of the civilized world. Who's the reluctant Mr. Russell? Last time I checked more than 60 nations have given some type of support to this operation. Another point that troubles myself is Mr. Russell's statement that this war was "unjust, immoral, and illegal". This country has played the United Nations game for over 12 years, passing somewhere around 17 resolutions trying to avoid military action. What happened during this time was unjust, immoral, and illegal that of the actions of the Saddam Regime. The public has witnessed how the regime oppressed the people of Iraq by depriving them of basic human needs.

An example is the U.N. Oil for Food program, what did this accomplish nothing except filling the pockets of a greedy leader of around 200 million dollars found so far. In the coming days more tales of this brutal dictator will certainly come to the surface. This regime had to be stopped of numerous immoral actions. I am proud of this President and military for putting an end to this practice. In closing, Mr. Russell you have the right to say what you want when you desire too, but just remember who protects your freedom.

Respectfully,
Matthew Carper