Support troops, but weed out bad apples

My God, I almost spit up my coffee as I was sitting reading my Sunday paper. Is the writer of the letter “Stop lunacy, support troops, president” for real? Granted, we should back our troops. However, if any soldier is guilty of premeditated murder or raping and killing innocent people, they should be tried and punished.

If we are there to liberate the Iraqi people as we are told, are we not supposed to listen to them when something terrible happens? During Vietnam, a massacre happened in a little hamlet called My Lai. These people were innocent civilians. Those troops were tried and convicted. Not all of the Iraqi people are the enemy. They want to live their lives like any other human being. I am not passing judgment on any troops. Yes, they are putting their lives on the line for me and my family. But they are strained to their limit. However, there can be bad apples in the military as there is in our society.

For the writer to suggest that President Bush and Vice President Cheney should be given Medals of Honor is sheer lunacy. They are the ones who have strained our troops, and are partially to blame for atrocities, by sending them unprepared to battle.

Why is it whenever someone questions the president, which is part of a democracy, they are considered left-wing liberals? Does that mean that those who do not question anything and go along with whatever they are told are right-wing lunatics? (Oops, did I say that out loud?)

Steve Londino


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