Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 15, 2005

A mother's plea for answers is example to all

The Sun's editorial "Meet Mrs. Sheehan" (Aug. 10) was right on the money.

Considering the abject misery that President Bush's policies have inflicted upon countless families of American troops serving in Iraq, could he not at least have agreed to talk again with Cindy Sheehan, the California mother whose 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey A. Sheehan, was killed in Iraq, as she literally camped on his vacation retreat in Texas?

The callous, arrogant attitude the president has exhibited toward the families of fallen military personnel who have attempted to speak to him stamps him as cold and indifferent to the suffering of families who have lost loved ones in an ill-advised and unnecessary invasion of Iraq.

Albert E. Denny

Baltimore

Cindy Sheehan should be hailed for raising the public conscience and displaying courage above and beyond the silent majority of "good American citizens" who we now know oppose President Bush's war.

Mrs. Sheehan is a true American patriot: She supports our troops because they are the victims of an unjust leadership, put in harm's way by hubris, deceit and greed.

She is a mother who just wants a simple answer.

And she is a true patriot asking for her chance to present her grievances directly to the representatives of the republic, the respect that any citizen earns by participating in American democracy.

Jonathan E. Kollin

Baltimore

Sheehan has used up her time in spotlight

In The Sun's editorial "Meet Mrs. Sheehan" (Aug. 10) why didn't you mention that President Bush has already met with Cindy Sheehan? Was it an oversight? Agenda-driven? Or just outright antagonism toward President Bush?

Regardless, The Sun should know as well as anyone that there is absolutely nothing to be gained by President Bush meeting with Mrs. Sheehan.

She has been co-opted by the Michael Moores and others on the left. She has had much more that her 15 minutes of fame.

I sincerely mourn her son's sacrifice. And I can imagine how he would feel were he still among us.

John Billing

Ocean Pines

Let soldier's legacy be lesson for peace

The Sun's editorial "Meet Mrs. Sheehan" (Aug. 10) makes a compelling case for President Bush to meet again with Cindy Sheehan to explain what "noble cause" her son died for in Iraq.

If Mrs. Sheehan is seeking a "noble cause" for her son's death, let me, as a mother, try humbly to provide one: Your son's life and those of more than 1,800 men and women have gained the respect and gratitude of millions of Americans.

But not for the reasons President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld would have you believe. Their ultimate sacrifice is a sad and costly warning that war should not be entered into unilaterally, impulsively and dishonestly.

I hope the lesson learned will cause us to be more questioning, cautious and wary of any reason for going to war.

Army Spc. Casey A. Sheehan's legacy to us will not be one of victory and glory, but the value of life and peace.

Marilyn Gabor

Baltimore

Pulling out of Iraq would promote peace

A suicide bomb aimed at a U.S. military convoy killed an American soldier and several Iraqis and injured scores of people ("American, 16 Iraqis killed in bombing," Aug. 10).

If no U.S. military convoy had been passing that area, those Iraqis would probably still be alive.

What is the primary motive of the insurgents?

It's to end the presence of foreign troops in Iraq.

Thus, contrary to what Nora Bensahel suggests in "Stopping the insurgents" (Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 9), prompt withdrawal of foreign troops would bring peace in Iraq more quickly.

Hiroshi Shimizu

Lutherville

A refreshing counter to anti-U.S. rhetoric

It was refreshing to see The Sun publish Thomas Sowell's rational assessment of the events surrounding the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima ("Trashing our history on atomic anniversary," Opinion * Commentary, Aug. 11).

It is a welcome counter to those who would call for Americans to engage in self-flagellation because of some contrived guilt over using irrepressible force to end World War II as quickly as possible and thus saving thousands of American lives.

Those making calls to feelings of guilt would do well to reflect and contemplate whether they would even be here today if their father or grandfather had had to participate in a bloody invasion of Japan in late 1945 and on into 1946 and perhaps beyond.

Rather than instilling a sense of national angst, the lesson of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to us today is that America must use whatever means necessary to defeat an enemy aggressor as quickly as possible with the fewest American casualties as possible.

Anything less would be a self-inflicted sacrifice of future generations of Americans.

Scott Appelbaum

Catonsville

Misleading account of Aon's relocation

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