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Rich have gotten richer from all our wars

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On Dec. 25, 1957, at the age of 11-and-a-half, I immigrated with my mother, stepbrother and stepfather (an American GI) to America, aboard the USS Rose.

This adventure lasted 14 days. And with rough weather at times, the ship bobbed like a cork.

As we neared the coast of New York City, I with so many others became awestruck by what we saw. Out of the water came a torch, then a head and crown followed by the body of not just any statue, but the Statue of Liberty herself, the icon of the free world.

Fifty-six years later, reflecting about bygone days, I wonder. We still have a government of the people, by the people, but is it still for the people? The people have lost control of their own government.

America became the leader of the free world after World War II. Now when a country burps, America is the first to rub its belly even though its not the smart thing to do.

Vietnam, for example, nothing was resolved. The suppliers of war material became rich, and a lot of young people died.

Thomas Jefferson once said “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Whose tree, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or some other country’s?

We still have occupation forces over half of the world in Spain, Italy, Japan and Germany, to name some. World War II has been over for 68 years, the Cold War 24 years.

Mr. Obama said that he is bringing all of the troops home from Afghanistan. Yet he wants to leave 8,000 men and women as instructors. Is that not just another word for occupation force?

What will it take for our elected leaders to stop lying or pull the wool over our eyes? Who are these young men and women dying for?

It certainly is not for our freedom or that of our children. War is a business, and the rich are getting richer.

Robert E. O’Brien

Lowville

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