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Protests Against Gulf Actions

December 27, 1990

Regarding Ruth Rosen's "A Grass-Roots War Resistance Is Blossoming" (Commentary, Dec. 13):

I want to support the idea that the spontaneous grass-roots opposition to potential war in the gulf is comprised mainly of ordinary citizens, not radicals. The East San Gabriel Valley, where I teach, has long been identified with conservative politics. Yet resistance to war is strong in the area.

Specifically, at Citrus College in Glendora, I am the faculty sponsor for 61 Students for Peace in the Middle East. In the group are army reservists, citizens born in the Middle East, potential draft resisters, mothers of draft-age sons and several self-described "super patriots." This diverse group is only united by its common concern for peace. In just a few weeks this group has gathered signatures from 482 faculty and students on a peace petition. It reads, in part, ". . . we urge a peaceful resolution to the gulf crisis through economic sanctions and negotiation."

Indeed, a grass-roots war resistance is blossoming and it is neither left or right in orientation.

KEITH F. SHIREY

Pasadena

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