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Other wars had clear justifications
Robert Cly's letter urging Cindy Sheehan to remember the Sullivan brothers of World War II is absolutely incredible. Comparing Sheehan's loss with that of Sullivan's is comparing apples to oranges, and since Cly and others who think like him don't seem to be able to see that distinction, let me try to explain.
Most of the wars in which Cly's family, as well as Sullivan's, lost men were wars in which the United States was fighting against an enemy who attacked us or our allies first (the Mexican War being a notable exception). Or, in the case of the Revolutionary War, a war in which we were fighting for our own independence.
In Iraq we have preemptively invaded a country based on a fabricated threat. Saddam Hussein, scumbag that he is, didn't attack us: Osama bin Laden and his fanatical minions did. Our response in Afghanistan to the 9/11 attack was appropriate, or, if anything, understated. We were directly attacked, and, as they did following Pearl Harbor, most Americans fully supported bringing down the full fury of the United States on the perpetrators.
But as bin Laden and Afghanistan somehow morphed into Hussein and Iraq, American support has dramatically waned.
Sullivan knew what her sons died for in World War II. But Sheehan and millions of others don't know what her son and almost 2,000 other sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters are dying for, and they all deserve an honest answer.
David L. Albert