The Feb. 14th Source Weekly has an opinion page with a letter written by Philip H. Randall of Bend. It is his opinion that military recruiters should stay in the recruiting stations and should not be allowed to be on school campuses.
I agree with Mr. Randall that we do have the right as citizens to disagree and protest the government when we disagree and stand up to the administration when they act so arrogantly and secretly as the Bush administration has done.
However the local anti-war group Code Pink's visit to the recruiting office in Bend to protest the war is a perfect example of how not to disagree and protest. The war is decided and conducted by the Bush administration. If you want to protest, then take your fight to the appropriate place. Go to your local congressional office or senator's office to get your message across.
I also resent the sign in the photo captioned "Sending a Valentine to Hawk"s used as a poster by the local Code Pink members. The message on the sign says, "My son was not born to kill other mothers' children." I think that is a very unfair tactic used by those who hate the military establishment. Less than one year ago my son enlisted in the Navy at the age of 20. He had already completed one year of college with a 3.5 GPA. He is bright, intelligent, and felt strongly about serving his country. Joining the military was his decision and no one talked him into it.
There are better ways to focus efforts and energy against the war rather than harassing the local recruiting office. Making the accusation that the military turns our sons into murderers to fight this war creates an environment of hostility not just between countries but between citizens of this country.