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Writer: Teabaggers absent as TVA makes tritium, war continues

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To the Editor:

I see where TVA along with the nuclear material it already produces here in Tennessee intends to start producing tritium near Chattanooga to boost the explosive power of nuclear weapons. So where are the teabaggers opposing the costs, like they oppose health care for all Americans?

Since World War II, the U.S. has killed or been responsible for 6 million-plus deaths in third world countries, and the natives who have died were incapable of being a threat to anyone. Not in places like China, Saudi Arabia, or Russia, but in places like the Congo, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Panama and 60 or so more. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) uncovered the bloody acts, as well as books by people involved such as ex¬CIA, National Security, government officials, investigative journalists and an authoritative list of others.

Additionally the U.S. has rejected treaties for development of nuclear weapons, land minds, chemicals, biological and germ warfare et al in defiance of world opinion. Following suit the U.S. has dumped 300 million tons of depleted uranium in Iraq alone where innocent men, women, and children work and play. And no less pertinent, thousands die from the death penalty here in the U.S., though many are innocent or mentally incompetent; not unlike the 100,000 or so through no fault of their own, die from lack of health care.

The unnecessary and fraudulent war in Iraq alone, according to The Washington Post, will cost $3 trillion by a conservative number; and the privatized profiteers love it. Also, the privatized prison system is making billions at taxpayers’ expense while lobbying the legislators for longer prison terms and three strikes you're out only to make more money, as do the privatized health corporations.

So again where are the teabaggers and the 95 percent who profess to be Christians as thousands are dying? Isn't it time we realized evil cannot be put down by evil, and that the quality of mercy is the measure of a culture? Singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie said, “If you want to end war and stuff you got to sing loud.” This is war, everybody sing loud.

Robert Knowles Lebanon

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