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Soldiers must rise up against the war

One thought about who will be the last person to die for a mistake, as mentioned in Andrew Bacevich's article in The New Republic. We have a legal process in this country for conscientious objectors to the war. Anyone of any religious faith can honestly claim that they take the commandment "thou shalt not kill" literally and refuse to engage in a war in which they will be forced to kill other human beings against their will.

I realize that the military has sent people to jail for refusing to kill; however, we the people have to choose to end the war. We are up against a machine. Obama has no power over the moneyed interests and the military/industrial comples that Ike Eisenhower warned us about. There must be a massive movement among those who are being asked to kill and risk their own and others' lives. Many of these people have been deployed so many times that they cannot imagine another kind of life. Many, however, have simply not got the guts to stand up as a few military men have and say, "Enough!" If more of them did this, it would become impossible for the government and the powers that run the government to stop—provided the press didn't wimp out.

Ana Franklin

Manhattan, KS

Jul 8 2010 - 5:36pm

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