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The fallacies of antiwar protesters

What the antiwar protesters on the Pedestrian Mall on the night of Dec. 1 fail to realize is that they cannot discredit war as a whole on one hand, yet still claim to “support the troops.” The U.S. military is an all-volunteer force and, as such, members who join know that their duty will be to support or wage war. Furthermore, to reduce the effort of all military members past and present with the often-stated phrase “war never solved anything” is an insult and ridiculous.

When I spoke with the protesters, not one of them was a veteran, but they claimed to know all about the atrocities of war. One of them claimed to have spoken to an Afghan woman once, which I guess makes her the group’s expert on the conflict in Afghanistan. When I asked that same protester how she could claim to hate war yet support the troops, she stated, “They are just following orders.” Only the naïve believe that the military is composed of mindless herds that are just waiting to be “brought home.” The protesters need to realize that they can sleep without fear tonight and have the right to protest again tomorrow thanks to the millions of American military members and veterans who have fought on their behalf.

Jason Taylor
Iowa City resident

Pulkrabek is off-base

I would like to take exception to Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulbrabek’s recent letter concerning the special election for the Johnson County Supervisor position.

I was one of those collecting signatures and find it very offensive that the sheriff would accuse us of lying to the students who signed the petition. That the sheriff was not there makes him an unreliable source to say what was said to anyone. Certainly students are intelligent enough to make a decision on their own without Pulbrabek’s guidance. Since when did it become the official duty of our county sheriff to stifle the people’s right to petition for a voice on who represents them?

The sheriff says Lori Cardella only collected the signatures so she could be a candidate in the election; that was not the case. There are still some of us around who believe in government of the people, for the people, and by the people and not government by the committee.

Dave Hogendorn
Solon resident

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