TUESDAY’S LETTERS: Dying for a ‘Mistake,’ Disputed AP Story on Iraq Burnings, ‘Newsday’ Protest Letter

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s letters, praise for the letter sent by Newsday staffers to their bosses at the Tribune Company, readers slam E&P editor Greg Mitchell for his contention that the Iraq War was a mistake, and others weigh in on the disputed AP story about Iraq.

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‘Newsday’ Protest Letter

Many thanks for your illuminating, and heartfelt article in today’s E&P, about the protest letter sent yesterday to Tribune Company chair Dennis FitzSimons. Many thanks, too, for posting the letter which is a tribute, not merely to those in the underappreciated field of journalism, but to the long forgotten American worker.

Your article, and the protest letter by 100 newsroom employees at Newsday, should be required reading in every Journalism class taught in America.

Jayne Lyn Stahl

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The Last Soldier to Die for a Mistake

First, I have no idea what E&P is. After reading [Greg Mitchell’s] work of words, I wondered if you have any good things in your life. Any good things that you yourself have contributed toward, or good things toward others, or good things toward the country of America.

Have you done anything to protect my family Mr. Mitchell? Have you put your life where your mouth is? I am sorry so many of my family did for you, and your rights, Mr. Mitchell.

Lose the Vietnam ritual, that so many of you liberals like to spout. You liberals were not there either Mr. Mitchell, and I am tired of you far left liberals doing another Vietnam on the country. You either had the actual hippy activist in the family then, or now is your chance to experience your imagination, while screwing with other’s lives. At no cost to yourself of course. You only care about yourselves Mr. Mitchell. What a waste of air you are.

Sincerely,
Linda Airhart



It is people like [Greg Mitchell] and others who keep trumpeting and blaring that the war was a mistake that have caused women like the dear lady below to feel they have lost loved ones in vain. How cruel and insensitive it is to constantly be telling people who have lost loved ones that the war was a mistake; that their son, husband, daughter or best friend was killed for nothing. You have taken away their only comfort.

You and those who believe as you do should be ashamed of yourselves for acting like you care. If you lost a son would you rather feel that he had died protecting our country and our future — or that he died for nothing?

Shame on you sir,
Jean Pike



I suppose you could say taking out Hitler was a mistake — after all, Stalin then launched a death machine against millions of East Europeans; and perhaps taking out the Japanese government was a mistake since it allowed Mao to rise to power and millions and millions of Chinese died — many more than the Japanese had ever killed. And leaving the Vietnamese, our allies, cutting and running; yes, that truly was a mistake, leaving millions who trusted us to die.

And now you want to do the same to the Iraqis. Have you ever looked at the thousands and thousands of names of Americans who died in earlier wars and declared all them to have died for a mistake? Where in the world did you learn your history if you think war is like a 1950’s Hollywood movie?

Ah, I know. At an American university within the last 30 years.

Norma Bruce

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AP’s Disputed Story on Burned Iraqis

Oh, the outrage!! I counted no less than 13 letters on your December 11, 2006 online edition criticising the Associated Press for the story about the burning of 6 Iraqis. For those angry individuals, AP has no credibility. But where’s their outrage about the suppression of news from Iraq by our own military? I presume these same angry letter writers who obviously read E&P didn’t miss the story just last week in which it was revealed the U.S. Military “undercounted violent attacks by more than 1000 percent.”

Let’s do the math, shall we? Assume AP may have exaggerated by 6 deaths the violence in Iraq — but the U.S. Military is undercounting by 1000 per cent!! As your own story said, “For example, on one day in July 2006 there were 93 attacks or significant acts of violence [officially] reported. Yet a careful review of the reports for that single day brought to light 1,100 acts of violence. ”

So, all you critics of AP — are you angry now? Are you outraged now? Or is it simply yet another double standard of the right wing and supporters of Bush’s Blunder in Iraq, demonstrated yet again? Is your outrage to be viewed as credible, or is it simply your agenda poking its ugly head through the internet?

Americans are supposed to be able to trust our government; honesty and integrity are supposed to be democracy’s hallmarks. But this adminstration has no credibility, it cannot be trusted, it has repeatedly and consistently lied to Americans, and this is more evidence that George W. Bush is indeed the worst president in American history.

Bill Adkins
Williamstown, KY



I have read much of what has been written about the six Iraqis being pulled from a mosque and set on fire. Even though AP has been forced to use Iraqis to cover the news (for security and language reasons), the account of the follow-up by AP sounds very much like appropriate and thorough journalistic technique. What makes me shake, however, is the virulent diatribes being posted in response. It is hard for me to believe that there exist today people who still don’t “get” the disaster in Iraq, who still think we are there for appropriate reasons, who still believe there were weapons of mass destruction, who still believe America has a right to invade any other country for whatever self-serving reason, simply because we are bigger and stronger than they are. These people make me ashamed to be an American.

Ken Anderberg
Editor, Communications News

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