This is a touching and, ironically, a from-the-heart answer. But where are the
counter-arguments from the head?

Gary Smith wrote:

> This is the problem with many liberal writers-they make statements from
> the heart, regardless of whether they back up their statements with
> facts, or if those facts are correct.
> First off, the president has shown himself not to be a "mental
> lightweight." Second, where is the evidence that Cheney is an "evil
> power", especially when no actual misdeeds have been shown at Haliburton
> Oil?  Third, Rumsfeld never was a senator, perhaps the author should try
> looking up in the dictionary the difference between Secretary of Defense
> and Attorney General????
> So, if anyone is a "lightweight" here, it is the author of the article.
> I know we USAmericans do have an enormous patriotism (at times), but we
> also have a lot of suspicion. Isn't it interesting that discussions on
> whether we should go to war with Iraq are right or not are going on in
> this country? A blind patriot wouldn't have such discussions going on. As
> for "evil", I'll bet this guy still supports Clinton as a great
> president. And how about those Democratic senators involved in Enron and
> Global Crossing? Are they "evil" also? If you're going to call one person
> evil, then you at least need to be consistent. Finally, show you've at
> least done some homework (who was this guy's copy editor, to let such
> slop slip through?), and get the facts straight.
> I'm a historian (among other trades), and I've not only seen Ken Burns'
> Civil War, but I've read several studies on it. yes, it was a tragedy.
> But massive deaths on both sides only shows the tragedy of war, not its
> justification. The North fought for union and to defeat slavery, while
> the South fought for states' rights and to keep their slaves. All very
> key issues for anyone calling himself an American. But a Canadian may not
> fully understand that, as Canada has never had to struggle with slavery,
> states' rights, or a major fight to maintain its unity. It's kind of like
> an American today not understanding poverty or slavery, because we just
> don't have it as drastic as other nations, unless they travel and live in
> another place for some time and learn to appreciate it. I like what
> ex-Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver said when he returned from Russia,
> "there is more freedom in an American jail than on the streets of
> Moscow."
> Should cost only be counted in body bags? What is the total value of
> freedom from terror, or to maintain our sovereignty? Ten body bags?
> Twenty? One hundred? Or should we just curl up in a corner and accept the
> idea that no amount of body bags are worth the cost of freedom.
> Americans do not honor war. Americans honor freedom and those who defend
> that great treasure, which only a minority of homo sapiens enjoy in this
> world.  Flags fly, because unlike the flags of other nations (including
> Canada's), ours represent our freedom and vision. It is a vision that has
> endured since Thomas Jefferson inked those sacred words on a piece of
> parchment: "We hold these truths to be, liberty, and
> the pursuit of happiness."
> Few nations have made a love of freedom so innate with the human spirit
> as have Americans. This inspires some, and infuriates many who do not
> have the same vision. The French, who seek equality and brotherhood,
> cannot understand what real freedom is. This is why their revolution
> failed. Most nations do not have a Jefferson or a Thomas Paine. Few have
> men who are anything but "summer soldiers" that sneak home when the
> winter chill is in the air. Few have a group of men willing to sign their
> death warrants on such a parchment as the Declaration of Independence, or
> to truly seek that freedom for all men; allowing that freedom to expand
> to other groups not originally included, such as blacks and women. Today,
> there are many nations that still have slaves, and that still treat women
> like dogs. We stand as symbol which those nations hate. Should we be
> ashamed of the truth and light we've brought to the world? "A city on a
> hill cannot be hid, neither does one light a candle and place it under a
> bushel."
> Perhaps what irritates me most is liberal duplicity and using the Iraq
> war as an extension of their (and in this case, Canadian) vanity.
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1    http://www
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> Marc quoting article:
> On the other hand, we have the axis of Bush-Chaney-Rumsfeld. What a
> triumvirate. The President is a mental lightweight. The Vice President
> is the evil power behind the throne, the man who walked away from his
> insider misdeeds at Halliburton Oil. (Remember too that two of the three
> of the sacred triumvirate are oilmen.) Then  there is Rummy. He has
> visions of some kind of military sugarplums dancing in his head. He is
> and was a devout right-wing fundamentalist who lost his senate seat to a
> dead man's wife....Perhaps what irritates me most is that the Iraq war is
> an extension of
> American vanity.
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Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“We do not think that there is an incompatibility between words and deeds; the
worst thing is to rush into action before the consequences have been properly
debated…To think of the future and wait was merely another way of saying one was
a coward; any idea of moderation was just an attempt to disguise one’s unmanly
character; ability to understand a question from all sides meant that one was
totally unfitted for action.” – Pericles about his fellow-Athenians, as quoted by
Thucydides in “The Peloponessian Wars”

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