Youth Speak Out On Iraq War
When you see the news or read
the paper, and you see what your country is doing in
Iraq, are you proud? Do you think we are doing the
right think, or not?
With the newspapers filling up more each day with
garish war updates, I think it’s about time we talk
about this. Our generation is the one who’s going to
have to pull this world back together after it’s all
over. And if we don’t, our children are the ones who
are going to suffer.
I conducted interviews at Watsonville High to hear
what the students had to say, and here are some of
their great responses. I just wish I could have
“Everything ‘good’ the US has done so far, doesn’t
seem to be worth the ‘bad’ it’s taken to get there.”
—Seanna Lanagan, grade 10.
“Of course we did the right thing going after Saddam
Hussein; it was only a matter of time before he came
—Daniel Solano, grade 9.
“If it were up to me this war would be over, war is
—Felicia Antonio, grade 9.
“I believe that we went into Iraq because of a family
feud, not for the betterment of our country.”
—Katherine Hozier, grade 12.
“We have to leave Iraq as a better nation now that
we’ve dismantled their government, if not, every death
and all the progress will go to waste.”
— Billy Woods, grade 9.
“Every day that we stay in Iraq is one more day of war,
and one more day of pain.”
—Griselda Orozco, grade 11
I’m very proud of all of the smart, opinionated young
people that I was able to interview!
I would like to touch on one last point. Every single
person I talked to had an opinion; every person had
something to say. If you are content with having your
voice heard around Santa Cruz County that’s great, but
you can take it further! Write to the president, go
online and find something to do to support your
cause. Always remember that every voice counts, even
yours. And if you happen to be eighteen and haven’t
registered to vote yet, GO REGISTER!!
But if you find it’s hard to form your own opinions
about the world, I urge you to find some straight-up
teacher, or website, or friend who will help you
develop and decide what you personally think about the
war in Iraq.
Lastly, a shout out to everyone who has a family
member or friend in Iraq; I can’t even imagine the
pain and worry.
Here are two great sites to check out:
President Bush: www.whitehouse.gov
Santa Cruz Resource Center for Nonviolence:
If you are so inclined (like I have been many a time)
send President Bush a letter and let him know how you
feel. Be it a pat on the back or a slap in the face,
he always appreciates young people who are on top of
their game. Make your voice heard!