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Gathering no 'hate fest'
Press & Sun Bulletin (New York)
Tuesday, September 6, 2005
Letter: Gathering no 'hate fest'
An Aug. 25 letter described the Peace Gathering at Confluence Park as a hate fest. I wonder if the writer was there. If so, he saw something far different than I did.
It was a wonderful gathering of people solemnly recognizing the sacrifice many have made in the Iraq war. It also supported Cindy Sheehan, who lost a son in this dreadful conflict. This is not a fringe Marxist movement of hateful, hardcore anti-Americans. We are mainstream people from all walks of life who recognize the horrible cost of this war on our country as well as the people of Iraq.
Most Americans now believe this war is wrong and based on lies by our government. We have a responsibility in a democracy to speak up and hold our government accountable. I find the denouncement of us for "if in power not affording the same liberties to others" as a mindless and reckless accusation.
I feel sorry for people who perceive hate in others simply because they disagree with them.