debate to go to war is unlike all others. Its outcome can be a decision with consequences more vivid and self-evident than any other made by the people or their government. Once soldiers are on the ground and fighting, they become unique. They rise above any questions of right or wrong and deserve the total support of their countrymen.
Because of this, the question of war - both pro and con - can only be discussed before the fact. Allusions by many that pre-war peace advocates are less patriotic than their jingoistic counterparts is an anathema to the open debates and deliberations of a democracy. Ad hominem attacks from both sides and terms such as "dove" and "hawk" do nothing to further the question of right or wrong.
Patriotism is not a question of war, but a pursuit for what is best for one's country.
John C. Guisti, Beech Island, S.C.
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