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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] The Editor The Burlington Free Press PO Box 10 Burlington, VT 05402 To The Editor: Now the war has begun, we're told we must support the troops. Who does not support the troops? We all pay hundreds of billions a year to buy our troops the world's finest, deadliest weaponry, war supporters or not. My taxes fund the best-supported military the world has ever seen; I support the troops. As a nation, we employ the members of our armed forces to defend us with their lives. In return for this extraordinary service, we owe them a great deal more than a paycheck. The first thing we citizens owe our troops is our best and most deliberate judgment before ordering them into war. Our government has made a grave error, and has ordered our troops to blatantly violate international law to wage a forbidden war. Will it support the troops to encourage them to risk their lives to commit these crimes? If we accept the illegal mission of our troops in this war, what is to protect them from future, perhaps worse, abuses? To support our troops in this time of peril, we must first restore the rule of law and sound judgment to their employment, as soon as humanly possible. Anything less would be irresponsible. James Brooks 31 Frazier Rd Worcester, VT 05682 firstname.lastname@example.org 802-223-0877 - voice & fax 'News Links' is a free once-daily (Mon-Sat) e-mail digest of the latest news and commentary on the Middle East, based primarily on Middle Eastern, European and alternative sources. E-mail your subscription request to: email@example.com. Opt-out at any time. www.vtjp.org _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk