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November 20, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Indonesian massacre

War is our way

I’m not sure where Suzanne Oelke is coming from with her diatribe against Christians and the U.S. but it’s clear she considers actions taken by our armed forces during a world war to be no better than terrorism [“Just interests, no friends,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 19].

She laments that no one ever apologized for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which she considers an “atrocity.” I wonder if she is equally disappointed that she has never seen an apology from Russia for the millions killed by Stalin’s “purges,” or from China for those killed by the communist regime there. Calling actions taken to end a global war and save untold American lives (including, very possibly, my father’s) an “atrocity,” and ranting against Christians for “killing sprees” merely shows Oelke’s ignorance and narrow-mindedness; her “blame-America-first” rant certainly doesn’t merit a place in public discourse.

If Oelke expects apologies every time human nature rears its ugly head, she is in for a long and disappointing wait. Humans are not a peaceful, hearts-and-flowers species. We are warlike, bellicose and all too prone to settling our differences, whether interpersonal or international, with the use of force.

Yes, we would all like that to change. Will it? No. There are simply too many of us who lust for power and will use war, terrorism, mass murder and violence to achieve it. And those who employ those methods, whether Christian or otherwise, are unlikely to say “I’m sorry” just because Oelke wants an apology.

— Winston Rockwell, Kirkland

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