War protests distract police, tie up traffic
Where were all of these protesters six months ago ("Anti-war groups stage protests in city," March 23)? Now that our troops are engaged in a war, I would think that these people could think of a more productive use of their time, as they must know the protests will not eliminate the war or shorten its duration.
And regardless of one's feelings about the war, at this point protests are merely an affront to the men and women who are serving our country by risking their lives.
In addition, the thousands of police used to control protests are not able to do their everyday job and keep a tight rein on our security. In this fashion, the protesters put the rest of us at risk.
What do the anti-war protesters hope to accomplish other than tying up traffic? Do they really believe their protests will cause the president or Congress to stop the war?
They could put their time to much better use if the students would go back to their classes and the women would go home and cook their families a good, hot meal.
Opposing the war to protect troops
There is a lot of conflict of pro-war activists and anti-war protesters ("Activists for, against war rally in cities," March 23).
It seems to be assumed that if you are anti-war you are against our troops. But as the daughter of a U.S. Marine lifer who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, my most urgent reason to be anti-war is the troops.
No military lives should be lost for a war that feeds our leaders' egos. Not one injury should come to any of our Marines or soldiers for oil, or because of unproven weapons of mass destruction.
My prayers go out for every American in this war. I will be there with flags and pride when they come home.
But I do not support our president, his policy or his administration. His foreign policy has alienated our friends in the world, and I pray our troops will not suffer for it.
Malls can't still voice of protest
While I support the war in Iraq, I'm disturbed at the heavy-handed treatment Towson Town Center gave a small group of peaceful protesters ("Baltimore County anti-war protesters protest treatment," March 21).
Not only did the mall call the police and have the protesters arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct, but Towson Town Center also banned the protesters from shopping at the mall for life as a condition of their release. Talk about intimidation.
Today the mall is the equivalent of the town square, and the First Amendment rights that apply on what used to be called Main Street should also apply in the mall.
What if Bush twins were U.S. Marines?
One of the first casualties of the Iraqi war is a handsome young man from Baltimore - his parents' only son, the big brother of four sisters, who leaves behind a wife and young son ("Family grieves for Marine, questions need for invasion," March 23). Now a family is devastated - a family that will never be the same.
One does have to wonder how different the world would be today if President Bush's two daughters were Marines.
Kirk S. Nevin
Backing president isn't always best
Today's supporters of war are saying to those who oppose it: "Remember Sept. 11 and support the president."
During the Vietnam War, they were saying: "Remember the Gulf of Tonkin and support the president."
I guess you can say that some people never learn, while others never forget that the president is not necessarily the source of all wisdom.
Herman M. Heyn
The Kurds deserve a state of their own
President Bush is wrong to guarantee the territorial integrity of Iraq. This would leave the largest unrepresented ethnic group in the world, the Kurds, without their own country.
The Kurds want what every group wants, a land they can control. Until they get one, the Kurds will be a problem for an already unstable area.
Turkey opposes the formation of a Kurdistan, but after its recent behavior, why do we worry about its approval?
Tax those who stand to profit from war
So the Bush administration wants $80 billion to pay for its little war ("Senate narrowly votes to reduce Bush tax cut," March 22).
As we watch the most expensive fireworks display in history on our TV screens, I have been wondering who will pay for it. I hope the money is not taken from our already woefully underfunded social programs. Instead, there should be a special war tax.
This war tax should be levied on those who will profit from the war: the giant oil companies that will now have access to the second-largest reserve in the world, the defense industries who make the million-dollar missiles and the companies that get big contracts to rebuild Iraq.
The war should be paid for out of their profits. We the people have paid enough by sending our sons and daughters to fight and by squandering our nation's reputation in this imperial adventure.
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.