I share Jim Showker's (Nov. 17) horror at the mass murder we are committing in Iraq. However, I'm baffled by Showker's statement that "voting against the war (for John Kerry) was the vastly superior moral position."
Kerry not only voted for the war, he said repeatedly during the debates that he was determined to "win" the war, which would continue the slaughter. His only difference with Bush was Kerry's claim that Bush didn't do the war right, as if there were any right way to invade a country, occupy it, and kill its people in order to steal their oil.
Everyone who voted for Kerry voted for the war. Democrats are just as morally blind as Republicans.
I voted for Ralph Nader.
Iraqi civilian deaths immoral
When I read letters touting the moral superiority of conservatives vs. liberals, like the one from Steve Hawke on Nov. 10, I am outraged.
Does Hawke have any idea of the immorality we all have participated in against Iraq in the past 14 years? In Saddam Hussein's reign of 20 some years, estimates are that 280,000 Iraqis were killed for political reasons.
In the last 14 years, the United States has killed 300,000 to 400,000 of the Iraqi people for political reasons. Iraq has done nothing to us that I am aware of. In the first Gulf War, the generally accepted estimates are 100,000 to 200,000 Iraqi deaths. In the 12 years of sanctions - mostly during the Clinton administration - there were at least 100,000 deaths, mostly children, due to our not allowing medical supplies into Iraq. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright did not deny this in a very famous interview known throughout Europe and the Arab world.
Recently, The Lancet has published a scientific study finding more than 100,000 civilian deaths in the current war. "Most ... were women and children."
It seems from his letter that Hawke made his presidential choice based on the gay marriage immorality issue and not the immorality issue of slaughtering innocents in Iraq. What choice would Hawke make if it was a question of all residents of Lane County (300,000-plus) being put to death or allowing gay marriage in the state of Oregon?
I think voting against the war (for John Kerry) was the vastly superior moral position.