I don't see how the teacher is to blame for this.
The MAJORITY of the students wrote very nice, encouraging letters to the soldier(s).
Nine of them wrote opposing views of the soldier's activities in Iraq.
That's their right though, they can choose to support the military action in Iraq or choose not to support it.
I'd say if they were swayed by anyone to write those words, it was from their parents and other elders who they heard speak in condemnation of the
military action in Iraq.
The teacher is not wrong for sending the letters out though, as those children have just as much right to their voice being heard as the others in the
That's how it works. It's the opposing viewpoints and the open ability to voice those views that were the premise behind America and Freedom.
Without the opposing voice, you are subject to stagnation and a very myopic view that endangers freedom.
To quote Voltaire:
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.
Originally. . .
I do not agree with what you write , but I'll defend to the death your right to write it.
To say that the teacher, or the dissenting children, or their parents should be "Executed on National TV." is in truth, absurd. In a free (or
ostensibly free) society you cannot force your view upon another, and you cannot keep an opposing view from being expressed.
If anyone here truly feels that they should be able to force views upon another, or keep others views from being heard than I say that you do not
understand the true principals of freedom.
Your idea of freedom is a Free Man's idea of a Fascist Hell, where everyone must be unified behind the state and the state's view at any time. Where
if you don't believe in something, you must remain quiet and live in fear, because to take the risk of speaking up would mean certain punishments to
you and your family.
If anyone here truly feels that freedom lies in forcing views upon another, or keeping different views quiet, they are living in the wrong country, in
the wrong era.
You would be very welcome in Nazi Germany; you would be praised and hailed as a true friend of the state.
But not here, at least not in the hearts of true Americans, who believe in freedom and believe in The Republic.
No, a person, a nation who believes in true freedom, would pay you no welcome.
P.S. I personally would not have written such a letter to a soldier, but only because I feel he is a hapless pawn in the entire situation.