After listening to hours upon hours of debate in Congress regarding Mr. Bush's escalation policy for the war in Iraq, I am amazed that no one merely listed all the ways this war is destroying our nation and our world.
• The cost of this war is mortgaging the future o four country. It will be our grandchildren's grandchildren who will be forced to bear that burden of debt.
• This war sold on disinformation is dividing our country.
• This war is draining resources that are needed here at home to provide for investment in the education of our future citizens.
• This war is creating another generation of combat veterans who will be traumatized by their experiences for the rest of their lives.
• This war is a stain on our nation's history and has destroyed our credibility with the world.
• This war is the reason that historians will cite for the decline of the United States as a nation. It negates the values of personal liberty and the freedom to dissent upon which the nation was founded.
This war is a crime against humanity and sacrifices for the future of our children. It destroys hopes and dreams, as well as lives.
Perhaps the reason no one listed the destruction being caused by this war is no one had enough time to do so, just like I do not have enough space.
I have spent 69 years on this earth. The incurable cancer which enables me to watch C-SPAN and little else has determined that I will not greet 70. So, I am determined, very determined to tell all, that war is not the answer to the challenges facing our nation. When politicians start pounding the drums of war, it is our patriotic duty to question war.
Editor’s note: Mr. Wertz, a longtime activist in the Erie County Democratic Party, former Army Reservist and advocate for veterans, died Tuesday at of cancer at the age of 69. This letter was dictated from his deathbed.