Revenge on Tredway Pointless
FBI should focus on real threats
To those who remember the traumatic years of the Vietnam
War, it was a jolt to hear that the FBI is still hounding those
who protested the terrible and unlawful napalming and killings
Even if Gary Tredway (Howard Mechanic) did throw a
firecracker at firemen, no one was hurt by it, and his action
pales in importance when we remember that the National Guard
had just killed four unarmed student protesters the day before at
Kent State University.
It has been a long time since then, Gary Tredway lived an
exemplary and lawful life, committed to social justice. He lost
much of his life by hiding out, including forfeiting a law career.
The FBI should stop looking for additional charges related to
his starting a new life incognito and get on with the important
work of finding criminals who are a real threat to society and to
It is too late to bring back the 55,000 American soldiers who
perished or the 1,000,000 Vietnamese who perished in Vietnam
-- or the veterans who committed suicide after the war. We
must go forward and work to change circumstances that foster
and create war. We need to put Gary Tredway's alleged crime
into perspective. Revenge will accomplish nothing, nor will it
bring us closer to a peaceful world.
Jeanne Devine-Soll, Tempe Resident view from Arizona Republic
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