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Peace activist and Blue Star Mother react to turmoil in Iraq

Peace activist and Blue Star Mother react to turmoil in Iraq

SOUTH BEND -  People here in Michiana are reacting to the President's announcement about sending advisers to Iraq.

There are some mixed opinions out there.  Thursday we spoke to a peace activist and a Blue Star Mother, neither of them say they're surprised this has happened

Reynaldo Hernandez with the Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition said, "It just makes no sense at all."

The Michiana Peace and Justice Coalition is against the war and Hernandez said the U.S. should not be going back into Iraq.  "The culture is such over there that no amount of outside interference or assistance is going to change that."

Sandra Boldt of St. Joe Valley Blue Star Mothers said it makes sense to her why the U.S. needs a presence in Iraq.  "I understand we do have interests that we need to protect, it does have effects around the world for as as far as people coming into the U.S., attacking the U.S. but also the oil."

But that doesn't mean she's happy with how this is turning out.  "I hate the thought of sending people back over there but it's either you need to go and get the job done or stay completely out.  You can't go back and forth, back and forth because there's too many lives being lost."

Boldt said the pullout of troops from Iraq left the country vulnerable and now we're seeing the consequences.  "Now it's gonna be starting all over again."

Hernandez agrees but he has some harsher words saying, "it's gonna be repeat disaster."

The President said combat troops will not be fighting again in Iraq.  But Hernandez and Boldt said they wouldn't be surprised if that changes in the future.  Hernandez is against that, he said we have to stop creating veterans.  And Boldt said that's a big decision to make and she hopes we have all the facts first before we make it

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