• An Open Letter to Iraq Veterans Against the War

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    Dear IVAW,

    After my article
    on LewRockwell.com ("Young
    Marine Speaks Out
    "), I was approached by members of your
    organization. They saw in my words a kindred antiwar spirit. I told
    those who contacted me that I couldn't and wouldn't become a part
    of your organization. At the time I was worried that I’d receive
    more harassment from the Marine Corps if I joined an antiwar organization.
    Today, a day after I have been discharged from the Marine Corps,
    I have a much better reason why I would not and will not join your
    organization. Your recent DNC convention protest march in Denver
    (my hometown) is the reason. At this march, an official of yours,
    Liam Madden, crossed the police riot line and had a shadowy meeting
    with Sen. Obama’s campaign officials. Apparently at this meeting,
    the campaign official assured Mr. Madden and the rest of the IVAW
    protesters that Sen. Obama would be in compliance with the
    three unity points
    .

    For some reason
    your organization seems to support the Democrats, and now their
    candidate, Sen. Obama, as the antiwar party and candidate. This
    baffles me. Perhaps you don't know your history.

    President
    Bill Clinton sent many of our brothers and sisters into harm's way
    and billions of dollars worth of bombs onto the heads of Somalians,
    Serbs, Sudanese, and Iraqis while he was in office. He was a Democrat
    and he was no antiwar president. Before him President Roosevelt
    (FDR) drove us into WWII. His successor, Harry Truman, got us involved
    in the bloodstained Korean conflict. JFK was the original president
    to send "military advisors" to South Vietnam and began
    our quagmire there. They were all Democrats. Then the Republicans
    started the Iraq war with Democratic Congressional support, and
    in 2006 the Democrats ran as the "antiwar" party and won
    the midterm elections by a healthy margin. You hoped that this would
    change the direction of our war; you thought the corner was turned.

    Turns
    out nothing changed. President Bush got whatever money he wanted
    (and in some cases more) from the Democrat-controlled Congress.
    After all that antiwar rhetoric, including words from Sen. Obama,
    it turns out that the Democratic party is not at all antiwar — or
    perhaps they are just spineless. Either way, your apparent support
    of the Democratic party and of Sen. Obama is reprehensible.

    I know who
    you are, I have served with you in conditions that we still can't
    speak or write about. I believe in your three points of unity and
    strongly support them, but putting your trust in the Democratic
    party and Sen. Obama is terribly misguided, as history shows us.
    You had courage and fortitude when you served in Iraq; get it back
    here, stateside, and support a true antiwar candidate, please. I'd
    suggest a man like Ron Paul, or even Dennis Kucinich. But never
    support a prowar party and candidate.

    Former US Marine
    and Iraq War Veteran,
    Philip
    Martin

    September
    1, 2008

    Philip
    Martin [send him mail],
    a former infantry Marine, served two combat tours in the al Anbar
    Province of Iraq.

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