To The Editor:
This is in answer to David Crew’s letter of July 4, “Coalition for Peace and Justice undermines our country.”
He equates resistance to this war as bad-mouthing the United States and supporting our enemies.
From the day Crews was born, he has been surrounded by militarism. We have been in almost constant war his entire life. We have soldiers stationed in Germany for 62 years. We have soldiers stationed in Korea for 55 years.
We have military presence in 153 of the 189 member countries of the U. N. including large-scale deployments in 25 of them.
We have 12 aircraft carriers patrolling the seven seas. Our military budget is almost equivalent to the rest of the world combined.
In 2008 we will spend $1.188 billion of taxpayer money on the military and $1.159 billion on everything else.
Americans have been submerged in militarism for so long that war seems a normal state of affairs. Americans don’t remember another America, an America that spent less than 10 percent of is tax dollars on war making.
Crews has signs that say “Remember 9/11.” How many Americans know that the C.I.A. describes 9/11 and other terrorist attacks as blowback — the C.I.A.’s term for unanticipated consequences of unacknowledged actions by the United States in other peoples’ countries.