This was going to be my letter of response to my ultra-liberal aunt, who has pressed her extreme left wing ideals upon her friends and family for the past couple of months. However, in the interest of harmony in my family, I am going to not send it. My mom, was the one who gave me the advice about the damage it may cause even though she agrees with everything I say in this letter. It was good advice and I decided to heed it. But, I thought that you would appreciate the letter and the points that I make in it. My aunt lives in New Hampshire, thus does not have to live with the angst she causes on a daily basis, whereas I live here with all of my family, some on our side, and some, well, drawn to the "dark side". And the one anchoring the "dark side team" is my grandfather who is, not was mind you, a marine. A reconnaisance marine before they were designated that. So you know that his mind is set and will NOT Catch ya later, Rocker

Perhaps conspicuous by my silence through all of this, I have now decided to end that silence and voice my opinion. I have sat back quietly, and yes Margie, read each of your emails. I have also read each of the replies they have received. But, before I weigh in on my side of the coin, I just want to thank God for the opportunity we have in this great country to voice our opinion, to be able to disagree, to have the freedoms that allow us to live the lives that many of us take for granted. Without those freedoms, none of these discussions, none of these protests, none of the anti-war/anti-Bush rhetoric would or could exist. I, however, do not stand among those who cry out in the anti-war protests. I do not desire war, I do not love war. War is never a good thing. However, because of the actions of others around the world, war is sometimes forced upon us. I am still hopefull that war can be avoided, yet I grow increasingly doubtful as Saddam continues to dance around and deceive the world. Many countries around the world, led by France and Germany, want to give Saddam more time to comply with U.N. Resolution 1441 that requires, "full and immediate disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction". Saddam has had twelve years to comply with this resolution. This demand was not placed on him a month ago, but back in 1991. How much more time shall we give him? Hans Blix, chief U.N. weapons inspector, has stated that he believes that Iraq is, "finally getting the picture", about disarmament. Is this because of the anti-war protests throughout the world, or the threat of war? Has any dictator given up his control over his country and his weapons because he was asked nicely? To this date, none have yet done so. Do not be led down the path that many are trying to pave for us, in which we are led to believe that by being nice to Saddam, he will be nice in return and that the Big Bad United States is just being a bully. The importance of his removal from power seems to be left out of virtually ALL the anti-war speeches. As the anti-war/anti-Bush protesters cry out for peace, I shall cry out for justice. Justice for the women and children who are forced to live a life in which murder and rape occur daily, perpetrated by the military led by Saddam Hussein. Why is no one standing up and declaring that the oppression that these poor people live under be erased? Where are the anti-Saddam protests? Is not human rights one of the cries of the liberals? Or have so many people galvanized around being anti-Bush, that they are willing to sacrifice the people of Iraq to further their political agenda's? Why now do we see protests against military action, but under the Clinton administration, when he bombed two different countries, one of which was solely used to take the heat of the Monica Lewisky incident, we saw no protesting? Just a few questions that I have not seen asked by answered by anyone, Republican, Democrat, or anyone else.  War is not good. I do not believe that President Bush wants a war with Iraq anymore than anyone else. However, we are not bringing this war upon Saddam, he has brought this war upon himself by giving the rest of the world the "run-around" for twelve years. Will a few more days actually make a difference or are we seeing him go through the motions of disarmament to further fuel the fire of disagreement that burns in the UN? Or does this tyrant, who murders his own people at will, who has developed and weaponized chemical weapons, and who idolizes Joseph Stalin and is modeling his regime after his, need to be stopped?  It is unfortunate, I believe, that we are unable to fully see the oppression that the people of Iraq live under. The view that we, the people of the world, get to see is often times a topical coverage at best. For the real story we rely on people who have been to Iraq, witnessed first hand the oppression. For example, a liberal member of Britain's Parliament, who was originally against any war in Iraq, spend time in Iraq, witnessed the horrors these people live with daily. She has now joined Tony Blair in the support for removal of Saddam Hussein. She has come under intense fire from her fellow liberals for her move. Her only question was, Why did we not finish in 1991?  Even though any war has incredible prices to be paid both financially and with lives, for the people who say that war never accomplishes anything, where would these five ideas be if war had not been brought upon them? Independence, Freedom, Communism, Nazism, and Facism. War is never a good thing. There are never any real winners in a war. But, there are times that war is necessary to correct a terrible wrong.  It is often easy to be critical of an idea that you disagree with. It is much more difficult to come up with another solution. We have now seen that Iraq has,  undeclared, unmanned drones capable of deploying chemical weapons from the air. If this, along with the other cases of defiance of Resolution 1441 by the Iraqi government is not enough to launch a campaign to disarm him, when do we reach that point? How long do we let this continue? What has twelve years of diplomacy and sanctions done to disarm him? The answer is simple, nothing.  Finally, I apologize for the length, but I leave you with this final thought. And, Margie, and anyone else that this final comment upsets, I apologize but it still remains a point that I have once again not heard discussed but feel that it needs to be discussed. That thought is, that I believe that France, Germany, and the other countries that are crying out against war, along with the anti-war protests around the world, have probably done more to bring about a war than anything else. Now before you melt your screens with the burning fury I am now imagining, think on this for a moment. If the UN had gone to Saddam as a united body and told him to disarm by a given date OR we are all coming to remove you and your regime, do you think that he would have danced around, and thumbed his nose at the idea? Not hardly. But the dissention caused by these countries and protesters have given him the opening he needs, and the idea that perhaps he will not have to disarm if these protests can prevent a war. It is hard to imagine that our current view on an issue could be wrong, but take a moment to reflect on that idea. If we had stood together as a united world front against Saddam and his regime, would we be at where we are today?  


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