I cannot seem to control my emotions when I hear news of our war in Iraq. The similarities between this little venture and Vietnam scare the hell out of me. The lies that were the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam are now Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, run too much like a terrible American rerun. Yes, they were lies. The Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam then, and now the Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq are lies. To call them misinformation is another lie. Again, these lies send Americas best back home, dead.
Two things you can be sure of in a war, people will die, and people will kill other people. War, by its very nature, defines a difference between murder and killing. Mankind, by its very nature, accepts this difference to allow for the inevitable act of war. In war, we have atrocities that occur when the line between war and murder become blurred. In this circumstance, like in Vietnam, the enemy has a different definition of atrocities than we do. The problem is and has been throughout history that when exposed to atrocities, people are often pushed to the point that they retaliate with their own atrocities. We now see this happening again, just like in Vietnam.
These atrocities are labeled War Crimes, and the person guilty of these atrocities /war crimes is the leader who put our best in a position to be a part of all this, again based on lies. I believe that George W. Bush has this exposure to atrocities to answer for as his worst war crime. Our young and courageous soldiers can be scarred for life by these actions, and another generation of soul-wounded Americans is being created to satisfy a lie.
Our president has lost sight of who attacked America. He is blind to the new terrorists his own policies create each day this war goes on. He refuses to see what the rest of the world is seeing clearer with each new act of his arrogance. He turns a blind eye to his personal responsibilities to our military personnel and their families. History shall look badly toward this part of Americas own history. I hope that history puts the blame for these war crimes where it belongs, on the weak shoulders of our leader and not on the fine Americans who desired only to serve their country.
David Kellogg is a Rockford resident.
From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue