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Stand up for rights

Published: Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the editor:

The promise of this nation certainly is great, but the reality sometimes is wanting.

If a drone strike is made trying to kill a terrorist and there are civilian casualties, we call it “collateral damage.” What if the story was about our Air Force bombing a house in Marengo because it was thought a terrorist was inside? Would any civilians killed in the area be considered “collateral damage?” If it’s wrong to kill civilians in this country, then it’s wrong to kill them anywhere.

Calling torture “enhanced interrogation” does not change the fact that it is torture. Though it has been proved time and again that torture does not produce good intelligence, the real reason not to use it is its immorality.

The message of our Declaration of Independence is that “All men (now all people) are created equal.” And we are endowed by our Creator (God, Allah, Yahweh or whatever you choose to call your Creator) with certain unalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It doesn’t say American people, just people.

When we, as a nation, stand up for the rights of all people, regardless any natural resources they may have, then we can claim greatness.

Nat Leighton

Crystal Lake

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