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Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 12:57 am, Tue Nov 23, 2010.

Nov. 10 was observed as the Marine Corps birthday. For over 200 years it has participated in numerous wars, battles and conflicts. Three stand out: Bellieu Woods, 1918 France, WWI; Iwo Jima, Bonin Islands 1945, WWII; and Chosen Reservoir March to the Sea, Korean conflict, 1952.

27,000 Japanese and Americans died at Iwo Jima; 20,000 Americans were injured. As a Marine artillery forward observer radio operator, I was one of them. Evacuated to a naval hospital followed by a rest camp in Oahu, I was returned to the 13th Marines at Camp Tarawa, Hawaii.

Today I deplore war, I am affiliated with Veterans for Peace, write and demonstrate for peace. War in Afghanistan has lingered for 9 years. A political settlement will bring it to an end. Meanwhile men and women of many countries, including civilian women and children, will be killed. Please end this tragedy.

Tom Sullivan

Lodi

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6 comments:

  • daniel hutchins posted at 1:33 am on Wed, Nov 24, 2010.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Darrell, thank you.

    I am focused on the establishment of a constitutional form of government, to replace Washington in its entirety. See: http://www.republicfortheunitedstates.org/

    We seek to establish a federal capital elsewhere.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:28 pm on Tue, Nov 23, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    daniel... I think it matters... Im glad you take the time to get involved.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 10:55 am on Tue, Nov 23, 2010.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    People don't seem to care that McNerney lied to them about ending the war in Iraq about 5 years ago, and I think the voters re-elected him.

    Probably the opposing candidate would do the same thing, anyway, so it doesn't matter.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Nov 23, 2010.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Tom Sullivan: I apologize for generalizing, almost irrelevant to your experience.

    I appreciate your experience of service.

    In regards to war in general, I point toward the real enemy in Washington. It will end when its parent project, the Federal Reserve will collapse. The people no longer secure the currency with their promise to labor.

    It won't matter whether your money is in the bank or if you have cash, those Federal Reserve notes, backed by nothing whatsoever, will collapse.

    Then the wars will stop.

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:20 am on Tue, Nov 23, 2010.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Tom Sullivan: The average US citizen-voter has a memory of about 4 months.

    They can't remember that there have been wars in the past, and that almost without exception the politicians make press releases that are designed to inspire false hopes of the voters, that they intend to end the war.

    They never do.

    Almost invariably, voters forget that they are in the same spiral, and they do it again.

    We had a classic case of it in Woodbridge when McNerney came to the old Feed and Fuel and completely lied that the congress had enacted legislation to bring the troops home.

    Fortunately, I had that legislation in my hand and also I had read it.

    I informed McNerney that I knew otherwise. I think he might have been a little bit surprised that I recited the bill number and its title.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:27 am on Tue, Nov 23, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    War in Afghanistan has lingered for 9 years. A political settlement will bring it to an end. Meanwhile men and women of many countries, including civilian women and children, will be killed. Please end this tragedy.

    Tom, I am with you on the horrors of war. I feel sad just thinking of all the bad things that emerge from its existence. However, as bad as it is, it is not likely a political settlement will result in less tragedy. How will the killings and blood shed end for the locals if we leave now? How will the destruction caused by the drugs grown there and sold in our country diminish? How will the Taliban who terrorizes locals and enslave women decrease in power if we leave? How will international terrorism be diminished if the Taliban is allowed to grow and flourish if unfettered? How many more people would have died if we had not requed Kuwait? I do not think it is so simple and tragedy averted by leaving now. I wonder how many lives will be saved if we control the situation. Before Saddam was killed, I understand there were over 400,000 graves filled by killing his own people. How many future lives will be saved now that he is dead.
    I do not know the answer to much… but I know it is not as simple as saying… lets go home.

     

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