Sister in Combat

Unlike Bush, starlet Mamie Van Doren went to Vietnam

The March 18 protest is calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Do you agree with that?

We've done enough already. Every day we're over there, we're losing more men and women, and even reporters, so many people—besides the Iraqis! Everybody over there is suffering, and now it's just a matter of time: there will be a civil war. I'm not the president, so I have no idea how you make a determination like that, but I don't think democracy will ever come to that country. My feeling is it will never happen. They have their own way of living, and it seems like we have no business going over there. Everybody knows this is about oil. We have to support our SUVs.

Why did you agree to join the Orange County Peace Coalition's protest?

Bombs away! Photo by Alan Mercer
Bombs away! Photo by Alan Mercer

I just felt it was my duty to go out and say something. I want to talk about what war is like. If you're of a certain age, you remember all that bullshit everyone talked about: the domino theory that Southeast Asia is going to fall apart. Well, now they're doing fine over there, and back here we're all messed-up. All that is history, and history is something you're supposed to learn from or you relive it. It makes me cringe every time I see another shooting or another bomb going off. It's sickening. I don't know how our president can sleep at night. And the vice president has nothing else better to do than shoot baby quail? He must just get off on that. It's despicable. Can you imagine going off and shooting little birds? There's no glory in that. Are you typing all this up? I thought the interview was over. I better shut up now.

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