Tuesday, August 30, 2005

ANTI-WAR VETS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION WORRIED ABOUT REPERCUSSIONS

Some members of the nation's largest veterans organization, The American Legion, are worried that a recently passed resolution might give other members the right to kill anti-war or anti-President Bush Legionaires.
Veteran Steve T. Kuser, of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, said that Resolution 3, which was passed at the national convention in Honolulu around August 23, might mean that those who oppose the Iraq conflict or President Bush's policies could be killed by other Legionaires with opposing views. He said Legionaires who side with anti-war mom, Cindy Sheehan, are taking a big risk, and that is not fair. Kuser said The American Legion should have members with all types of opinions.
The American Legion national commander, Thomas P. Cadmus, said in a press release from his organization:
"I assure you, The American Legion will stand against anyone and any group that would demoralize our troops, or worse, endanger their lives by encouraging terrorists to continue their cowardly attacks against freedom loving peoples."
Kuser said he and other Legion members think Cadmus' statement might give the impression that attacking or killing anti-war vets is acceptable, because pro-war vets would be "standing against anyone" who might demoralize the troops.
The American Legion August 23 press release's first sentence stated that that organization "vowed to use whatever means necessary to ensure the united support of the American people for our troops and the global war on terrorism...."
The press release stated that Legionaires condemn war protest and pledge support for the president and the troops.
Kuser said some Legionaires have called the leaders of The American Legion names, including "Nazis." He said the Legion is run by old veterans of World War II, who do not necessarily connect with younger vets.
The American Legion has 2.7 million members.

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