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Dear Mr. President: Words of Resistance, Reason, and Peace

"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent."
-Mohandas Gandhi

No Bullies
by Shauna Huisman

January 12, 2003

Dear Mr. President,

I wish to add my request amongst others to ask that you please take some time to reconsider this War on Iraq.

The September 11, 2001 attack on New York has rocked America and had an impact on myself here in the middle of Illinois. The lives lost and destruction of the two towers is an image I will not forget. I can understand sending our people over to Iraq during our time of grief in search of Bin Laden. A balance has been made whether or not Bin Laden has been found, whether dead or alive.

But now, I feel personally that sending even more troops to do even more damage to innocent lives will not accomplish retribution. What will be gained by adding more grief to our world, our Earth? It is one thing to act in retaliation to a bully, but I don't wish to see our Country become the bully.

I do thank you for the work you have done and are doing for our Nation, but please reconsider the implications of a war that will not gain anything for humanity. There are many avenues for our Country to grow. Many people have wonderful ideas for energy resources that use safer products for energy consumption. A good manager in business will use the resources of the team members and pool them into a working plan of growth. I feel that there are many Americans who have brilliant ideas that would further our Country in growth; economically, financially, and most importantly, health-wise. I would like to see our Country remain number one on a basis of Peace and Growth, "One Nation, Under God, Indivisible", "For the People and By the People".

Please take another look at the American Public as I feel that if America were put the vote, we would vote 'No' for continued war. Through your leadership, we've made your statement "War On Terrorism" a reality. We've stood up to the bully. Please, let us stand for Value and Honor.

Thank you for your time,

Shauna Huisman


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