Reader's View: Even Democrats silent on civilian deaths

Of all the Democrats I called, not a single one called me back — and Democrats are the ones who are supposed to care.

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After reading about the “top secret” U.S. murder unit in Syria and Iraq called “Talon Anvil,” I got so sickened I started calling our U.S. senators and representatives.

I didn’t bother calling any Republicans like Congressman Pete Stauber of Hermantown; what would be the point? Republicans practically champion killings in the Middle East. Little apparent concern seems to be in vogue for Republicans; they just file it all under “war.”

To my surprise, this seems to be true of Democrats, too. Of all the Democrats I called, not a single one called me back — and Democrats are the ones who are supposed to care. I feel bad for bothering them with a matter as trivial as the murdering of defenseless people. Are Democrtas afraid of being labeled “terrorist sympathizers?”

I called the offices of U.S. Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar and of U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum, Dean Phillips, Ilhan Omar, and Angie Craig. I left detailed messages for all of them, and not a single one called me back. How is this possible? What do they view as important?

These are not even war crimes, in my mind; to call them that would give them validity. How is this “war?” You have Americans sitting in front computer screens using missiles-loaded drones to execute defenseless people.


Frank Erickson


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