Calgary Sun | Sep. 02, 2004 | Orest Slepokura
Letter to Editor

War's tragic futility

RE: "Bogged down," Bill Kaufmann (Aug. 30, 2004). What is remarkable about the opposition to the American occupation of Iraq is how much of the protest is led by family members of U.S. troops serving over there or who have died there. I think of a father at the Aug. 29, 2004 anti-war protest in New York City holding up a sign reading: "My son died because Bush lied." They are looking at the war through the same lens as Kaufmann. They seem a lot more clued-in than most Americans. Protest against the war will grow as more citizens become aware of its tragic futility. By then, of course, a lot more fathers will have echoed the anguished cry of the father in NYC.

Orest Slepokura

(War exacts a high toll.)