Voices
March 14, 2013 Issue

LETTERS


History honors those who stand for justice

Dear Editor:

Nobody can predict the future for certain, but we can make informed projections of what is likely to occur based on past and present events. Even if we could predict the future, it would be useless if we did not have hope that we can change things. Many close observers of current events see gathering storm clouds, yet we all desire a bright future.

It is important to keep a positive attitude. Here in the Bible belt there are many people whose faith is a source of strength. This is a very good thing, but it is also important to act on our beliefs and to learn lessons from our history.

 

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So what does a good citizen and a person of conscience do when he or she learns that their country is complicit in war crimes? History honors those who stand up for justice, but it takes courage to confront powerful forces that commit human rights abuses. This is the case today in the United States.

Investigative journalist Nick Turse used official U.S. Army records to document more than 150 cases of war crimes committed by U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. These are cases that the U.S. military had sufficient evidence to prosecute but chose not to. Nick Turse does not lay the blame on “rogue” American soldiers but puts it instead on the highest levels of the U.S. military command at that time. The title of his thoroughly researched and highly referenced book is, “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.”

Just yesterday on March 6, The Guardian newspaper in England published two reports linking Salvadoran death squads of the 1980s and Iraqi police commando units formed after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. These units practiced the most brutal forms of torture and wholesale murder as part of interrogations aimed at defeating insurgents. The common thread is both the Salvadoran paramilitary units and the Iraqi special police units were trained by U.S. advisers specifically to fight dirty wars.

The truth cannot remain hidden nor can the powers that be in the United States ignore these war crimes forever. U.S. decision makers can escalate conflicts and perpetrate endless wars in the name of national security, but this will not bring peace or prosperity to the homeland. Only when our society faces the truth about its recent and continuing war crimes and holds those responsible to account will this nation be able to make real and sustainable progress.

Randy Cain
Avera




What do we expect after removing prayer

In the New Testament at Galations 6:7 we find, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

In the Old Testament in Hosea 8:7 we find, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”

Years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Bible reading and prayer in public schools are unconstitutional.

The high court’s nine members thereby sowed the wind and America’s citizens ever since then have been reaping the whirlwind just like the scriptures say.

The writer of this letter does not for a minute think that the framers of the Constitution thought the Constitution should be interpreted in such a way.

Too many Supreme Court justices in the modern era have tended to legislate instead of interpret when ruling on matters that affect every American for generations to come.

The framers of the Constitution were men of prayer; all believed in a Supreme Being.

Today too many children don’t get Bible study at home…don’t get prayer leadership. And, alas, all too many are brought up in single parent homes with no “father figure” present.

With this said, I fear a vast majority of such public school children don’t go to Sunday School and church on the Sabbath.

What can America expect when, on prom night, some of these immature juniors and seniors, with whiskey on their breath, wind up in jail, in the ER, or God forbid, in a funeral parlor.

“God is not mocked!” Atlanta and Washington, moms, grandmoms and dads listen up!

As a famous sermon preached by a well known Texas minister of some years back was entitled, “Payday Someday.” There is a reckoning for personal and national misdeeds.

We are seeing a moral reckoning now, and like a rising sun in the east on a clear day shines forth heralding a new day we are now living in a time of a financial reckoning also.

The U.S. owes well over $1 trillion to China, and a great trade imbalance with that nation, and to Japan and to, I believe, many other nations.

What are they doing with these great sums siphoned off from this nation? They are buying many of our well-known brands, Budweiser beer, for one, making the buyer the world’s largest brewery.

If my memory serves me correctly, it was a year or so ago that a European bottler purchased Bud. It now stands accused of watering down its brew.

Imagine! Besides all else that’s wrong with the world, it must be taking a few more swigs of Bud to get a buzz on. Sakes alive! What is this world coming to when you’re being cheated at the corner bar.

Even the old saying no longer applies. It was something about a “cheap drunk.” And to think what with Budweiser now being a foreign brand, is it now un-American to cheer up for the Cardinals and order a Bud at the ‘ole ball park for fear of adding to our trade deficit.

Sincerely,


Bob Gordy
Louisville


 


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