Web Letters | The Nation

Web Letter

How can a movement be against the war if it doesn't demand an end to the war? Hayden's list never calls for a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan--he only calls for no further troops and oversight of the mercenaries working for private contractors. You can't end a war by continuing it. A much better solution is to demand a withdrawal of all US military and mercenary forces.

FYI, there is one group of folks organized to end the wars and occupations in both Afghanistan and Iraq--National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations. This group will be holding its second national conference in Pittsburgh in July. Until UFPJ separates itself from the Democratic Party, it will never truly oppose any war the Democrats support.

Ron Jacobs

Asheville, NC

May 3 2009 - 12:04pm

Web Letter

Number six, campaigning against military recruiters, is one I cannot support. I remember all too well the Vietnam era, when hostility against the war was misdirected against the soldiers who fought it. Never again.

We need the military, and they do not choose where they will be sent or how they will be utilized. Please do not encourage a return to the hostility of an earlier, uglier era.

Bill Heffner

San Diego, CA

May 1 2009 - 2:07pm

Before commenting, please read our Community Guidelines.