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Posted by joel strommen on 23:51:49 11/09/08

Dear Sirs,
I missed the draft for Vietnam by a few scant years, and I consider myself fortunate. I would stand in the front line should a foreign country invade my land (in my case I didn't need a foreign country to come in and take the land I grew up on, the banks in our own nation saw fit to take that land) but I have a question that I'd like to ask Wade Lovings if someone here would see fit to pass on this message. Please write to me via joelstrommen@yahoo.com. Veterans Day is coming and I am trying to understand why any citizen in the U.S. could/should/would willingly fight for a country that shows so little regard for its own citizens, let alone the brave men and women willing to fight to protect it. I honor your service, I have trouble honoring the leaders who thoughtlessly put you and hundreds of thousands of other innocent souls in harms way. More than a million Vietnamese died during that struggle, more than a million have died during our latest misguided effort in Iraq. How many more people have to die before we realize that war is not the answer? Please spare a moment to help me to understand why in my lifetime America is always the first to bear arms. George Washington believed in neutrality, we had to be dragged into the 1st two World wars, why has our country decided that the only way we can solve our problems now is through a show of force?


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