Dear George,

Here is a response from a certified "war skeptic."


Go to Iraq, get out of the Green Zone, and see what life is like for people in Iraq and for the soldiers you've sent there. Stay a few days - no quick photo op and back home. Be sure you drink the water.

$ingapore's Friend

Then go to Walter Reed Army Hospital and visit the ortho ward. Not just a quick little photo op, but stay there for a week. You can do it. You stay in Crawford for a week or more and the government keeps going. So go to Walter Reed - or better yet, go to a burn unit at a military hospital.

Don't do the glad-handing politician bullshit. Go around and empty urine bags. Learn how to check I.V.'s. See if their pain meds are enough.

Hear the moans. See the disgusting sights. Smell the smell.

Then when you're done, go to a V.A. hospital and ask to visit a "back ward." No photo op, here either, prez. Spend another week. See the guys from Nam and Gulf War I and who knows where else their government sent them. No photos. No talking.  Just listen. And tend to them. Turn them in their beds to keep them from getting bed sores. Check their feeding tubes. Empty their colostomy bags.

THEN come back and say this war is worth one more person's life or health or family.

Come back and tell us that if you can.

If you can't, get the hell out of here.

Mike Ferner
US Navy Hospital Corpsman 69-73

Note: Mike Ferner is a freelance writer and a former member of Toledo City Council. He served as a Navy Corpsman during Vietnam and is a member of Veterans For Peace. His book, Inside the Red Zone: A Veteran For Peace Reports from Iraq (Praeger), has just been published. You can keep up with the latest addition to America's burgeoning criminal population at

Click here for other articles by Mike Ferner:
If Not Now, When?
To The Choir
Pick A Number
Let Humanity's Mutiny Begin
What It Takes To Defy Authority In A Non-Violent Way
Haditha Is Not An Aberration
Movements: From Antiwar, To Peace, To Democracy
Speaker Of House Not Responsible For War Funding
Seven Arrested At White House Protest Against Iraq War
There Are Lives In The Balance
Getting Jailed For Peace

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January 16, 2007