Thursday, May 10, 2007

A free anti-war bumper sticker from a military history publisher?

"Why would a publisher of military history and memoirs offer a free anti-war bumper sticker?"

What's up with that? Last month we did exactly that and I'm sure a lot of you asked that question. Our Web Site is dedicated to the well-being of the members of our Armed Forces. We're in our 25th year of publishing military history and memoirs.

I personally have read hundreds of manuscripts by veterans about their experiences. It can be overpowering. Like the manuscript by a young man from Puerto Rico. He gets off the plane in Vietnam and is immediately ordered to go behind a building at the airport. There he finds other soldiers lined up facing a tall hedge. Ordered to join the line, he is then ordered with the rest of the men in the line to fire at the hedge until ordered to stop.

Realizing that there must be Vietnamese on the other side of the hedge, his introduction to Vietnam is the beginning of nightmares for the rest of his life.

Then there is the manuscript I read about two Coast Guard Cutters during World War II. A German submarine torpedos an oil tanker off the coast of North Carolina in a storm. The oiler doesn't sink and the sub hangs around to torpedo the rescuers it knows the oiler called. The two little Cutters are sent out but this is in the days without sophisticated weather information being available. A hurricane is bearing down on the oiler and sub in wait.

The two 20+ year old Cutters, manned by 18 to 21 year olds (the captains were 21), sink in the storm, overturned by the hurricane. All hands lost on both Cutters. The oiler then manages to reach a port on its own.

What I'm trying to say is that we lose a lot of young men and women in war, both psychologically and physically. They are the cream of our youth, our future. The last thing we want to do is to launch needless attacks that we can't win but result in more losses amongst the best of our youth.

That is why is offering a free bumper sticker in support of stopping our involvement in Iraq.

President Bush evidently never read Horace (65-8 BC): "Force without wisdom falls of its own weight." We are in a freefall in Iraq.--Walter Haan,


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