Letter: War is a waste of money and lives

Published: 1/22/2020 12:01:33 AM

Earlier this month in New Boston I drove by a park I helped build years ago on the road to Goffstown. It is dedicated to my school friend Ronald Charles Davis, 21, killed in Vietnam on Jan. 23. 1970 – almost exactly 50 years ago. He would have enjoyed the round table and all the veterans around it.

Thanks for the story “Battle tested views on Iran confrontation” (Monitor front page, Jan. 13.) Drafted in 1969, I was a platoon leader and jump-master in the 82nd Airborne. I have worked in war-torn Cambodia and Iraq. I am a witness in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, case Atchley v. AstraZeneca, where families of U.S. civilians and soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq are suing Big Pharma for aiding and abetting terrorists by paying millions of dollars in bribes to Iraqi officials who funneled the money to insurgents and terrorists who killed and wounded thousands of Americans.

While I appreciate the Legion Post 21 veterans’ personal experiences and losses in combat, I disagree that U.S. military aggression is honorable or effective. The U.S. (both political parties) has wasted trillions of dollars in borrowed money to kill, maim, impoverish and displace millions of innocent people in Iraq and the region – to say nothing of our own losses. And for what? The only visible beneficiary has been the U.S. military-industrial complex. While our Post 21 veterans are “battle tested,” their reasoning on Iran was not tested and carries no weight beyond any other citizen’s.



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