Dobert should delve further into history before chastising students |

Dobert should delve further into history before chastising students

This letter is in response to Gerald Dobert’s letter, which urged Summit High School protesters to study history to understand why war with Iraq is necessary. I agree that history has a lot to teach us about war, but it is important that we study a broad cross-section of history and not just the books that confirm our own views.

The student protesters have probably studied the Vietnam conflict, which provides a much better comparison for the situation in Iraq than does World War II. In Vietnam, a passive Congress gave the president far too much freedom to wage war. There was virtually no opposition in Congress until several years into the war, when public outcry became too loud to ignore. I hope this is not history we are doomed to repeat.

Maybe the students have studied the dozens of times in the past 100 years that the U.S. military has intervened in the internal affairs of various nations in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Our arrogant meddling was usually done only to protect our business interests. The many countries that do not trust American intentions in Iraq may be very familiar with this sorry part of U.S. history.

There is a reason why there is no Nobel War Prize. War is too easy. History shows that resolving conflicts peacefully requires patience, compromise and careful thought – often too much to ask of many angry governments.

War with Iraq may be the best answer, but most of the countries in the United Nations do not think this is true. Perhaps they have a better grasp of history than President Bush.

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