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Ethnic Violence


Dear East Hampton Independent Editor,

The administration's mindless "Stay the Course" (as in Titanic) strategy in navigating through their war proves itself with each passing day . . . and death, to be nothing more than a strategy to somehow show that the war into which they manipulated our country was valid merely because we are continuing it. Certainly, those who want to believe in the integrity of our country will be culpable and accept this ruse, and that is understandable especially with silly rah-rah slanderous slogans like "Cut and Run." Perhaps if they chanted "Stop and Think" we would not be in the mess in which we find ourselves. We all want to be proud of the behavior of our country no matter how the present leadership has shamed it, but they do make it difficult.

They say that setting a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq would strengthen the resolve of those opposing our presence and therefore make them stronger. What nonsense. If they were interested and paid any credence to timetables, they would have halted their attacks long ago. What better tactic than appearing to have been beaten into submission, allowing Bush to declare victory (once again) thus withdrawing our troops? Then after a short period, swarm into the country and do with it as they wish. No! They are killing us because we are there and if we "Stay the Course" they will continue killing us and when we leave, now or years from now, they will resume their ethnic violence as they have in years gone by and are doing presently. As Tevye the milkman so succinctly sang, "Tradition."

ZACK PAL
June 27, 2006

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