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June 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Sgt. Robert Bales convicted in deaths of Afghan civilians

Guest column had good points

Right on! [“Guest Column: Many share responsibility for civilian deaths, Sgt. Bales,” Opinion, June 15.] Thank goodness he had the courage to point out the obvious:

1. Multiple tours are immoral and

2. Institute the draft and find out how quickly these immoral “wars” would end once our kids were jerked out of the good life, put on boots and marched to Afghanistan to have their legs blown off.

Daily, soldiers walk across dusty terrain, out in the open like sitting ducks, walking into land mines. Does anyone else in America think this is insane?

Susan Fox, Seattle

Multiple tours are damaging to soldiers

It has never been said better and clearer, starting with instituting the draft. If those hawks in Congress want wars, then put their kids at the head of the line.

Making our troops suffer through four or five tours and using the excuse that they are volunteers is ludicrous. Should we be thankful that the majority who crack under pressure turn it inward and suffer depression, PTSD, broken families and suicide, but don’t go on a rage like Army Sgt. Robert Bales did?

For the record, I did a one-year tour in Vietnam and I only met one person who volunteered for an extension of his tour there.

There is no question that the world is a dangerous place and there are aggressive bad guys out there. The question is, are we a bit too aggressive ourselves?

Jack McPherson, Coupeville

0 Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, drone warfare, posts-traumatic stress disorder

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