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Reader's View: Rules of war need to go both ways

Both superpowers start wars under fake pretenses and then don’t have the common decency to allow those they attack to be in a war, too.

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For the U.S. government to call Pakistani woman Aafia Siddiqui a “terrorist” and lock her up in a federal prison for 86 years for “opening fire” on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan is the same criminal nonsense as Russia calling Ukraine soldiers who opened fire upon them “terrorists.”

Where do you think the stupid Russians got this stupid idea from — to call those they attacked “terrorists?” I say they got the idea from us stupid Americans.

Both superpowers start wars under fake pretenses and then don’t have the common decency to allow those they attack to be in a war, too. No, when Iraqis, Afghans, and Ukrainians fight back, they are labeled “terrorists.”

And when the Ukrainian government puts Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin on trial for a war crime, do Ukrainians understand that when doing this, when going after only war-crime incidents, they are unwittingly inviting and legitimizing Russia violence upon them within the “laws of war?” Military violence upon them without war crimes. Do they understand this?

Frank Erickson

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Minneapolis

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