Aphelion Editorial 069
by Dan L. Hollifield
Hello and welcome!
First off, I'd like to thank Robert Wynne for repairing the Java Chat Applet so that readers can once again visit the
Aphelion chatroom. Both the link at the top of this page in the
short-cut menu and the link in the Features section near the bottom of
this page are now working.
Next, I'd like to thank all the people in
uniform who are over in the Middle East doing their duty for their
countries. Keep yourselves safe folks, and come home to your families.
Not everyone agrees that the war in Iraq is a just one, but I'm sure
that every one of Aphelion's readers across the world join me in the
hope that it'll be over soon and all the troops will be able to return
home safe and sound.
That said, there may be a few raised eyebrows
among the readers as to where exactly I stand on this troublesome war
issue. Especially among those readers who had formed the opinion that I
was anti-war after reading last month's editorial. The answer is, yes
and no. Yes; I'm against the abuse of power by a government-- any
government --and at the same time, no; I'm not one of President Bush's
ardent supporters at the moment. But neither of those has anything to
do with my wish for all the troops to come home safe and sound, and
soon. Those are totally separate issues. I want an end to terrorism,
and end to the possible threat of another would-be-Hitler, while at the
same time I want people all over the world to live in peace. Sadly, in
this day and age-- as in all the ages before, one can't have peace
without also being willing to defend it when someone else makes it
I hate war, I hate racial and religious
prejudice, I hate ignorance and stupidity, I hate murderers, rapists,
and thieves... And I honor those men and women who willingly put
themselves at risk to defend my right to disagree with my government.
Who defend my right to live where I choose, to love whom I choose, to
make of myself what I choose, to read what I choose, to write what I
choose, to worship as I choose, to travel where I choose, to wear, buy,
sell, own, and be whatever I choose. The freedoms that I enjoy have
been dearly bought over the years. Bought with the lives of those who
have answered the call to arms whenever it came. Even if you disagree
with the causes that have sent these brave souls out onto the
battlefield, you must honor these men and women.
So even if you think that this war should never
have been fought, honor those who have gone to fight it. Save your
disgust for those who have made the fight necessary-- whosoever you
deem that to be. Just as you should not confuse dissent with
disloyalty, you should also not confuse patriots with warmongers.
Those who fight and die are doing so to defend your rights to support and
So let's just hope that the war is over soon.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled
Thanks for your time.
© 2003 Dan L. Hollifield
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