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Letters to the editor, September 19

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Statues celebrate war criminals

We need to boil down the debate over the Confederate statue on the Square to basic, undeniable facts.

Instigation of the Civil War was an unconstitutional and treasonous act by the architects of secession. Confederate soldiers may have fought for love of their state or because they were forced, but they participated in this act nonetheless.

Today, such actions are labeled "terrorism."

Military personnel take an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." Some argue that the statues represent pride of heritage and not hate, even though most were erected during Jim Crow, as Gen. Lee opposed the construction of such monuments, citing that they would obstruct the healing process for such a destructive war.

Now, given that it cannot be denied that these monuments are a result of an act of treason, how can we tolerate their presence on public soil?

There are no such monuments in Germany celebrating the Nazi soldier, even though many fought against their will. I know of no statue erected in honor of Timothy McVeigh, who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City in defiance of the federal government.

All participants had a choice to not partake or support such actions, even if it meant imprisonment or death.

These statues are essentially celebrating war criminals, and the exploitations and death of millions of poor Southerners who had nothing to gain from the cause.

Grieve the dead; shame the action.

Jeff Felderhoff,