Dear LA Times,
I was opposed to the war in Iraq for a number of reasons, first and foremost because President Bush failed to convince me that it was necessary or in our best interests in regards to achieving our goal of defeating terrorist threats to our nation and around the world. But there is no denying that the removal of the Hussein dictatorship and the promotion of democracy around the world is a noble cause, even if I did find this particular war a distraction from the real battle. For this reason, I was shocked to read Joel Stein's recent piece, Warriors and Wusses, in the pages of your paper, and disgusted by this extremist leftist lunatic who equates his own nation defending itself and ending tyranny with "imperialism." And even worse, this pathetic coward blaming our brave and heroic soldiers for risking their lives in the name of the freedom that allows Stein to write such drivel made me sick to my stomach. Trust me, only a small minority of those that vote "Democrat" associate themselves with such despicable ideas, much as the religious right is a loud but vocal minority drowning out the saner voices in the Republican camp. I think it is important to note that this man in no way speaks for the majority of centrists that make up the Democratic Party, or even the majority of people who disagreed with the administration on their policies regarding Iraq. And it's not just conservatives or Republicans or gung-ho war supporters that were outraged by this trash.
The LA Times should fire Joel Stein immediately, and the newspaper should apologize at once to our military, their families, our President and just about every sane American who was outraged by this tirade of treason masquerading as an op-ed piece. There is simply no reason to cater to the radical fringe elements simply to shock, create controversy and sell papers. You should be ashamed of yourselves.