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Monday, November 14, 2005

L E T T E R T O T H E E D I T O R

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The Wrong Signals

On Veteran’s Day, the president said public criticism of the Iraq war “…sends
the wrong signal to our troops.” More and more, Americans question the
legitimacy of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. But it is the war, not the
warriors, we doubt. Compassion for our brave young soldiers endures.

When do we send our troops the wrong signal? The answer is at the instant we
send them to war. For we ask our young men and women to resolve political
conflict with violence. It is when we teach them one set of moral standards in
peace, and another in war. We send our troops the wrong message when we
excuse torture, as anything other than gross human cruelty. And we convey the
wrong notion when we tell them war is honorable and just. But the most
ominous sign we might send our troops is an inadequate concern for their
coming home.

Stephen L. Harlin, MD
Veteran, US Navy
Chadds Ford, PA

Contact Information:
Stephen Harlin, MD
248 Harvey Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
harlinmail@mac.com
Home: 484-840-1285
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