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Liberals correct to question war

by Sam Adams

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Danielle Winters’ column in the August 29 was full of misrepresentations, undocumented sources and blatant propaganda.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Apparently Winters has reserved the right to dictate how a mother who has lost her son in combat chooses to grieve.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;I ask Winters this: exactly how many of your family members have been killed in this misguided Iraqi conflict?

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Like many within the right wing smear machine, Winters has echoed a sentiment similar to that of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, using propaganda to attack those with dissenting opinion.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Winters has fallen prey to the right wing propaganda machine that spews ‘facts’ such as: ‘Sheehan is endangering our troops and disgracing her son.’

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;None of this is true. But despite the relentless attacks from the right, Sheehan has not changed her story, she has not wilted under fire and she still stands tall down in Crawford.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;She was protesting the war long before she garnered any media attention and it can be said that even without the cameras and crowds, Sheehan would still be standing in front of George Bush’s ranch, fighting for what she believes in. Winters also noted that the large majority of left wing groups have been bought and paid for by liberal organizations.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Although this is true, she forgot to mention that the anti-antiwar protestors that are speaking out against Sheehan were bought and paid for by the RNC.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Regardless of who paid for what, it is unimportant to explore these facts.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;What is important, and what Winters is being blissfully ignorant of, is the fact that nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that the war in Iraq is misguided.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Apparently anyone who disagrees with our war effort is an ‘American hater’ in Winter’s mind. If that is the case, then nearly 60 percent, or the majority of you reading this, are also ‘America haters.’ The right has made a business of painting those with dissenting opinions as anti-American, and Winters is no exception. She has also ignored the fact that 37 percent of Americans disapprove of the job the president is currently doing.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;This statistic would indicate that 67 percent of the country is apparently wrong in their views. Even more shocking is that Republican Senator Chuck Hagel recently said that ‘the White House is completely disconnected from reality’ and ‘the reality is that we’re losing in Iraq.’

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Oh my! A Republican breaking away from the party line and accepting the facts! I bet this veteran also hates America!

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;The fact of the matter is that liberals do not hate our country, nor do we hate our troops.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;I believe that Sheehan echoes the majority of Americans who are now asking the same question, ‘Why are our children dying in Iraq?’ and ‘When can they come home?’

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;It isn’t that we hate our country; it’s because we love our country and our troops that we do not want to see them wasted in a senseless conflict that has no sign of ending.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Sheehan is not disgracing her son by protesting this war. She is showing her compassion to every military family by requesting that our troops not be placed in harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;If there is anyone who has the right to question this war it is Sheehan. Until one of us loses a loved one in combat we cannot even begin to identify with her pain.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;The days of painting the left as radical liberals who hate this country are over. The fact that Sheehan has stood up to withering criticism has proven it.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;The majority of Americans are beginning to see through the lies that the President has sold us. It is only a matter of time before more Republicans begin to separate themselves from the rest of the party and get back in touch with mainstream America.

‘#160;’#160;’#160;’#160;Winters, if you believe in this war effort so much, I recommend that you volunteer for service in the U.S. Army, otherwise you might as well just be another ‘America hater.’

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