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President Barack Obama:
Nobel Prize for Peace, 2009!
By Fernando Suarez del Solar
ccun.org, December 27, 2009
Dear Mr. President: I know you may never read these words and
even if you did they would not change your decision to send more young
Americans to the war in Afghanistan. But, as the father of Marine Lance
Cpl. Jesús Alberto Suárez del Solar who died on Marcy 27, 2003, during the
invasion of Iraq, I consider it my moral duty to share my thoughts with
As you surely know, 929 brave young Americans have died in
Afghanistan as well as thousands of innocent Afghan civilians. In Iraq,
4367 of our sons and daughters have died together with thousand and
thousands of innocent Iraqis.
When Mr. Bush sat in the office you
now occupy, I asked how many of our children would have to die before
these barbarous wars ended? What was the magic number? And so I ask you
the same question. How many more young people must die before you truly
work for peace?
When more than 50% of the American people oppose
the sending of more troops, are you not ignoring the majority and
listening to the few who are eager to send brave young soldiers and
Marines to die or kill innocent people for unclear motives? Don't forget
that your predecessor began this war to capture the criminal Osama Bin
Laden. In your speech, you did not mention his name but said we have to
"complete the mission." Your words remind me of those of Bush the
President Obama, why do you deceive the people by
claiming that you will withdraw the troops in 2011? We know one cannot
put a deadline on a war and so your words sound like the lies that
presidents have told us in the past. We have the example of Vietnam
(another open-ended war); the example of the English and the Russians who
were unable to "win" in Afghanistan; the example of your own inability to
end the bloodshed there and in Iraq.
You will send 30,000 more
troops and we will pay the price--our elected officials or those who sit
in the Pentagon will not pay. No, we will pay with our taxes, that is,
those of us who still have jobs. Millions are unemployed and our youth
have seen their access to higher education reduced. Would it not be
advisable, Mr. President, to invest the billions of war dollars in
education so that our youth will learn the values of respect and tolerance
for others? Would that not make us a stronger nation? Would it not be
better to invest those billions of dollars spent on criminal and unjust
wars on universal health care for the American people?
Obama, I regret that you have deceived the majority of citizens who placed
our hope for peace in your hands. We gave you our vote for the good of
the country and now you deliver the same old thing.
In the coming
year, you can expect demonstrations in which veterans from both past and
current wars take to the street to shout "Stop the war!" Will you, like
Bush, play deaf as more young soldiers and Marines return in body bags or
missing a limb or mentally exhausted and lost in a bureaucracy that
provides them minimal care?
President Obama, it saddens me that
you have been unable to keep your promise to those of us who voted for
Yes, we can? I'm not so sure.
Fernando Suarez del
Solar, Founder & Director
Guerrero Azteca Peace Project
(760)233-0630 Direct telephone (858)774-0172 Cell telephone
Box 300221,Escondido,CA 92030-0221