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Letter: Letter likening war to abortion is an insult to nation’s military
U.S. forces patrol on the outskirts of the Syrian town of Manbij, in Aleppo province, Syria, on March 7, 2017. (AP) - photo by Keith Albertson

I have often read with interest letters from one of your frequent contributors, Joan King. Even though I frequently disagree with her position, I have been impressed with her research and ability to logically explain her position. That all ended Sept. 12 when I read her letter about abortion

At one point she posed the hypothetical question, “Is abortion murder?” She then suggested that if abortion is murder, it should logically follow that a soldier shooting an enemy is also murder. What?

There is a chasm of difference between intentionally terminating a child in utero and a soldier fighting for his country (and Ms. King’s freedom) shooting an enemy who is trying to kill him and destroy his country. I’m pretty sure the baby didn’t have a weapon. The distinction is so patently obvious, it should not be necessary to explain it to any rational thinker. 

Only an absolute and unequivocal apology to our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines is acceptable after this egregious insult. Sadly, if one is forthcoming, I suspect it will not meet this standard. Branding our military as murderers goes so far over the line, it renders the remainder of her letter indefensible. 

I strongly suspect the computer she typed the letter on used power generated by a nuclear power plant. Given her position on nuclear power, a significant level of hypocrisy seems to be in play.

Tom Reiter


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