To the Editor:
This letter is in response to a recent letter to the editor from Robert Knowles.
While I appreciate Mr. Knowles’ right to express his opinion in your paper, I also feel compelled to respond to his ridiculous accusations against my country. For those who didn't read his letter the following is an attempt to briefly summarize his comments:
"Isn't it strange that our boys and girls and tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans die in the name of democracy while the U.S. Empire refuses to leave these war ravaged countries.”
Mr. Knowles rambled on about how much oil and gas reserves were held in the region of Iraq and the Caspian Sea. He asserted that the infrastructure now in place and provided by the United States would now facilitate the raping of the country of its natural resources. He went on to say "Isn't it strange that as the right wing war profiteers dictate the wars and get richer, the least of them among us suffer and die."
My response to Mr. Knowles is that I really feel sorry for you. I would hate to live in a country that I considered to be an evil empire. I don't find it strange or amusing that our young men go off to war and some do not return alive.
I hate to tell you this, Mr. Knowles, but war has been a part of life since the beginning of recorded history. Those wars have protected your rights to publicly hate and make false accusations against your country.
In my opinion, wars will always be with us until Jesus comes again. Do you really think if we wanted Iraq's oil we couldn't take it? Do you really think that this is the kind of country you live in? After World Wars I and II we simply asked the Europeans for enough room to bury the tens of thousands of our dead servicemen. I believe that our country is a positive force for good in the world. I realize that the United States makes mistakes, but I believe we are the best and brightest hope in this world. We are the proverbial light on the hill. If you don't believe it next time you hear about a tsunami, earthquake, or other natural disaster somewhere in the world, see who is leading the rescue effort.
Finally, I do not consider those who serve in our armed forces be the "least among us." Every day I thank God for this country and the wisdom of our founding fathers who gave us constitutional guidance to try to preserve our Republic. May God be with our armed forces and God Bless America.
Gary McQuown Lebanon
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