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David Holcberg: Death of Civilians Should Not Hinder War Effort - 28 March, 2003

Americans must realize that there is an inescapable choice to make: between the lives of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians

Dear Editor,

The idea that killing civilians in war is immoral cripples America's war effort. It is a self-defeating idea and our enemies know it. This is why Saddam's troops are taking cover in heavily populated urban areas, including nurseries, hospitals, and schools. They think they are safe as long as they shield themselves with enough civilian bodies.

Americans must understand that the responsibility for any civilian deaths in this war is not ours but Saddam Hussein's.

Americans must realize that there is an inescapable choice to make: between the lives of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians. There is nothing "humanitarian" about sacrificing American lives.

Sincerely,

David Holcberg
Irvine, CA
United States