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No Soldiers, No War; It's as Simple as That

March 06, 2003

I am a little tired of reading sappy stories about reservists or regular soldiers going off to war ("Reservists Answer Call to Duty," March 2). The popular attitude appears to be "support the soldiers, don't support the war." Well, you cannot do one without the other. Without soldiers even Hitler would have been just another megalomaniacal Austrian. And yes, those soldiers were told that Poland fired the first shots. (Saddam Hussein hasn't even fired any shots yet.)

Whether for economic reasons, or out of conviction, any soldier or reservist makes himself or herself a weapon. The GI Bill might look good if your college funds are low, but consider that you are willing to pay a price in human lives -- yours or Iraqis'. Our weapons are not smart enough to miss children, other civilians or even allies. War without soldiers is not possible. President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice are not going to strap on their six-guns and challenge Hussein to a gunfight at the Exxon corral. No soldiers, no war; it's as simple as that.

Pauli Peter

Los Angeles

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