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Reader Opinion: War

This month, Little Falls City Council will allow Camp Ripley to present its annual Economic and Environmental Impact Statements. This has nothing to do with "delivery of city services," but they will acquiesce, for the "war machine" generates mil...

This month, Little Falls City Council will allow Camp Ripley to present its annual Economic and Environmental Impact Statements. This has nothing to do with "delivery of city services," but they will acquiesce, for the "war machine" generates millions for this city. I strongly object.

Resist, don't enlist.

Don't sign up to kill another mothers' child.

Don't be a corporate tool.

Don't support genocide.

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Don't risk your sanity.

Don't end up suicidal.

Save earth, end war.

Don't join the Army, the National Guard, or any other part of today's military.

You will regret it.

If you really support our troops, bring them home.

As Bruce Fein (served as an associate deputy general in the Reagan administration/Constitutional scholar/my former attorney) has so eloquently stated, "War makes what is customarily first-degree murder legal, i.e., intentional killing not in self-defense. War violates the cornerstone precept of civilization: It is better to risk being the victim of injustice than to be complicit in it. War migrates a nation's collective genius from production to destruction. War squanders vast sums better spent on infrastructure and education in civics indispensable to discharging the obligations of citizens in a republic. The first casualties of war are the rule of law and truth. As Cicero observed, in time of war, the law is silent. War gives birth to a surveillance state and the crippling of privacy protected by the Fourth Amendment under a national-security banner. War replaces transparency with secrecy inconsistent with government by the consent of the governed and congressional oversight of the executive. War destroys the Constitution's separation of powers-by entrusting limitless power to the president."

He is right.

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Currently the United States is engaged in nine unconstitutional presidential wars in Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and against Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Robin Hensel

Little Falls

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