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We've seen too many photos lately of Iraqi captives hooded and bound. What concerns me is that we, witnesses of these atrocities, are acting as if we are also hooded and bound. How else explain our lack of public outrage?

Since the first pre-emptive strike on Iraq, the situation has gotten exponentially worse, yet the majority of us seem blind to this war's daily escalation and/or unable to voice our objection. There has been plenty of water cooler agreement that this war is morphing into another Vietnam. Why isn't there a comparable amount of public outcry?

Are we willing, let alone able, to pay the bills this war has already cost? Today, Feb. 6, the New York Times says: "Bush's $2.77 trillion budget plan calls for cutting $15 billion from 141 programs, but would provide more money for national security." Another article describes a new focus on developing better deterrents to homemade bombs. What was allotted $600 million in 2004, cost $1.2 billion last year, while this year's estimate is $3.5 billion, "but senior officials say they essentially have a blank check." We are already into this war way over our heads. Where are the protesters?

If any of this bothers you, or worse, if it doesn't, why not do yourself and the rest of the nation a favor and show up for a rally marking the third anniversary of the start of this war Saturday, March 18, at the old courthouse in Bloomington at 11:30 a.m..

Barbara Cox

Hudson

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