What is the price of freedom in Iraq?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

Editor, the News-Herald:

What is this nonsense that I always hear people say whenever they write or talk against anti-war protests?

&uot;You’re giving aid and comfort to our enemies.&uot;

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Every time someone writes or says that I want to look at them and say &uot;what are you, stupid?&uot;

So what are these people saying?

If you don’t agree with the President, and you don’t support the war, does that make you not an American?

Are they saying that somehow, unwittingly you’re really fighting and cheering on the terrorist?

If you don’t agree with the war, then should you just go ahead and buy a gun and start fighting for the other side?

In my opinion, it’s the people who tell you that you shouldn’t protest the war that are the real non-Americans.

Because what are they basically telling you?

That you should always go with what your government tells you even when they are wrong, and have no justification for what they have or are doing.

They are telling you that if you disagree with the war or the way this country is moving then you should just sit down and shut up.

That sounds more like a Tyranny to me.

In fact, if you really want to get technical about it, you could argue that while we are trying to institute democracy in Iraq, we’ve been giving up the things we love about democracy here at home.

In a sense, it’s like we are trading styles of government.

So wave goodbye to your freedom of speech.

Say goodbye to your right to protest the government.

Blow a kiss to Uncle Sam as he slowly rapes you of every sacred right the founders of this country laid out for future generations.

What is the price of freedom in Iraq?

If it is the loss of our freedoms, our power, our self-respect, and our strength, then I’d say that the price is way too high.

Especially for people who don’t want us there in the first place.

Casey Simpkins