Letter to Congress

I do not feel that our representatives deserve to be called public servants. I write as an extremely concerned, disillusioned and disappointed-in-our-government-system citizen. I am stunned. I cannot believe that you are willing to go through with this criminal act, this massacre of the Iraqi people, who have done absolutely nothing to deserve being blown up to smithereens. Where are your values? Your ethics? Your morals?

Stop pointing fingers to other governments. Look at yourselves. And please refrain from using such phrases as “in the name of the American people” and “God bless America.” We no longer trust you.

What direction are you taking the people in this country who have trusted you? Oh, I forgot, for the per$$$$$onal intere$$$$t of Bush, Perle, Cheney Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld. Shame on you if you do not stop this massacre.

Vickie Romero

via e-mail

Conversation between driver and passenger on the bus:

You think there’ll be a war?

I hope not.

Yeah, it’s too much blood. I was in Vietnam in ’68, I saw legs blown off, heads blown off, bodies blown up – I was wounded over there, in the hospital five months. I had nightmares for a long time.

My niece is in the navy.

She on a ship over there?

Yeah. I write her letters but she only writes back two sentences: I am fine, hope you are all fine. She was in the JROTC and then in the navy.

How old is she, 19?


Well, war ain’t good for nothin’, too much blood.

Barbara Russum

Chicago IL

Letter to O’Reilly

This letter was sent to pro-war Bill O’Reilly, host of the O’Reilly Factor on Fox

You are a chicken hawk with three deferments during Vietnam War. You praised the war in Vietnam and the horrors of Cambodia. You once said “It’s a soldier’s job to die.” So I guess that’s why you chose to get out of the draft.

You also said the American people will accept body bags if we go to war with Iraq. Do you know how many body bags the government has ordered?

You often ask anti-war people “What if you are wrong?” Ask yourself, “What if O’ Reilly is wrong?” Can you resurrect the dead or piece together the shattered bodies?

D. Martinez

Commack NY

Vive la France

The House Republicans announced on March 11 that French Fries and French Toast would be called “Freedom Fries” and “Freedom Toast” in their cafeteria to show their outrage towards the French government’s refusal to humor the Bush administration and its war preparations.

During World War I, conservatives actually changed the name of Sauerkraut to “Liberty Cabbage,” Frankfurters to “Liberty Sausage,” and tried to throw every German word they could out of the English language, which wasn’t easy, because English is a Germanic language. But at least they didn’t do that until the war started, and they did it against the enemy. During World War II, the Roosevelt administration had the good sense to avoid such nonsense.

But not these Republicans! They have turned on the French. Not the Russians and the Chinese, their old enemies, who also sit on the Security Council and oppose the war. Maybe, they hate the French because France supported the United States during the American Revolution and French support was decisive to the revolution’s victory. Maybe they are so reactionary that they hate all revolutions – including the American Revolution!

Norman Markowitz

New Brunswick NJ

From the heart of Texas

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal. That time is now.” For several months, large fountains in a roundabout across from Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts have served as the backdrop and gathering place for anti-war protestors at Friday evening candlelight vigils. Starting at 5 p.m. people of all ages begin arriving – families, students, workers – stopping first to pick up their candles. The number of protestors has also grown steadily. The weekly candlelight vigil is just one example of an exciting growth in political activism and coalition building occurring in Houston and across Texas. Houstonians and Texans are realizing the power of raising their voices and working in solidarity.

Elizabeth Hurst

Houston TX