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What a strange world the war in Iraq has wrought

We just attended a social gathering close to our home where all the guests were associated with the Army –– currently active, recently retired, or with children now serving. Without exception, all adamantly condemned our president for unilateral, unprovoked war of misplaced vengeance (Family proverb: If you live for vengeance, dig a grave for two); an exercise in incompetent global leadership, this war was lost before it started. We had never heard the word “incompetence” used so many times and left us feeling like we have been out of touch with reality.

We were flabbergasted that these people who had been touched by Vietnam, Korea and other military conflicts communicate with friends in so many parts of the world, and let their personal feelings spill forth to near strangers. We felt as if our media has been sheltering us from what the real world now feels about America.

Here were American citizens who were stating that Saddam was doing a better job of controlling violence against America than our leaders. We were amazed how many patriots have repressed hot feelings about our hangers-on leaders, but have great loyalty to our troops. No surprise, most resented that their grandchildren will have to pay for our leaders’ fallacies.

It didn’t take much to arouse our own repressed feelings when we read in the following morning media how Baghdad’s most upscale neighborhood once shaded by palm trees with hedge groves shielding stately villas, once populated by young Iraqi men and women jogging on the sidewalks, has been degraded to convoys of Humvees, surrounded by 15-foot high blast walls and tangles of American barbed wire.

Is this the good news the administration wants spread by the media? Today’s surreal landscape once was a favorite visiting site for Iraqi politicians and U.S. officials befriended by Saddam, who had joined us in our conflict against communism.

It’s a strange world where we can learn so much so close to home or from afar.

ROSEMARY and LINDSEY HERRELL

Federal Way

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