Up late (or is it


Up late (or is it early now?) studying for my organic test tomorrow. I still don't have the time or heart to properly post my thoughts right now, but I will at least put this up. It's the partial text of an email response I sent out to PSP.

Here's an excerpt from the original email, written by Nick

"I would encourage each of you to support our troops instead of undermining their honor through what may be misinterpreted as appropriate protest during the course of tomorrow. If you want to practice your freedom of speech, do so supporting our troops. Most US troops serve for government benefits to better their own lives...protest in our nation will only lower morale, which has historically proven tremendously detrimental to any army."

My response


First let me say that despite my opposition to this war, I hope things go smoothly and that there are a minimum of casualties on both sides.

Secondly, I'd like to reinforce that protest and criticism of US policy does not in any way undermine support for our soldiers abroad. I wish them safety on their mission, though I do not agree with their assignment. My quarrel lies with the hawks in washington, not the men and women in uniform. Patriotism does not mandate unwavering support of an administration's policies. Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt put it best_

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

Lastly, I agree with Nick on one point at least. Do everything you can to inform yourselves during this time of conflict. TV news is better than nothing, but if you're really looking for good information, turn to online news sources. I encourage you to read opinions from both supporters and opponents of this war, and decide for yourselves which you agree with. No matter which side you end up on, though, have an informed opinion about this conflict which affects us all.

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