Dear Editor, The anti-war movement owes a huge debt of gratitude to Carl Webb for his resistance to the war in Iraq ["Webb Fails to Report," News, Sept. 10]. In spite of the government surveillance and repression of anti-war activists in general, by going AWOL Carl is risking far more than most of us. If he should request help, those of us opposed to the war owe it to Carl to help in whatever way we possibly can. This war, like all wars, is waged for the benefit of business, not the people of the U.S. or Iraq. War always serves the interests of those who control industry, never the needs of those whose labor built our economy. The war in Iraq and the so-called war on terror serve not only as a direct transfer of wealth from workers to the owners of industry, but also as an excuse to step up attacks on the rights and power of workers here in the United States. We must oppose these wars not only because we care about the lives of residents of the Middle East, but also because we care about people right here in America.
Solidarity, Austin Industrial Workers of the World Joshua Freeze Branch secretary-treasurer