I was grimly astonished by your story about how the train operators who ran over peace activist S. Brian Willson with a munitions train severing his legs are now suing Willson for their "embarrassment" and "mental anguish" (Part I, Jan. 12).
I recall that when Willson was maimed last September all I could conclude was that this country was becoming increasingly like Nazi Germany in the 1930s, that the military men ran over Willson because they thought they could get away with it.
And they did.
I was struck by the arrogance, the naked evil of the American military machine: men who believe that nothing must stand in the way of our war in Central America, that nothing must halt the flow of arms to the Contras, our mercenary army of murderers and torturers--Oops!--I mean our "freedom-fighters" or the "Democratic Resistance" or whatever President Reagan and Lt. Col. Oliver North are calling them.
So instead of simply calling the Sheriff's Department and clearing the track, taking the protesters to jail if they were breaking the law--that's how civil disobedience works--they ran over a human being, an American citizen and a Vietnam veteran--with a train.