An open letter to the American Legion

I along with other veterans discovered that CNN planned to smear our country
and veterans as renegade outcasts and war criminals some nine months
ago.  To be prepared for this, We conducted an independent investigation
into operation Tailwind, willingly giving of our time and funds.  Since
the CNN/TIME allegations were trumpeted, a small group of men and women
veterans have joined forces in this struggle to prove these allegations
false and we  have succeeded far more quickly and to a greater extent than we
had thought likely.

But the damages caused by the lies remain.  Our country cannot lead the
fight against Saddam Hussein's chemical terror weapons and the families
of our MIAs and POWs must now contemplate in horror the vision of their
young men being slaughtered by their own countrymen.  We are measurably
weaker as a nation because CNN/TIME decided to attack this country with
a "Big Lie" taken right from the Nazi propaganda of Josef Goebbels.

Reed Irvine of AIM, Eric Felten, Rowen Scarborough and Ed Zehr of the
Washington Times/Weekly Standard, Mike Billington of UPI, Bob Brown -
publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine, Steve Dunleavy of the NY Post,
Jonathan Foreman of the Spectator of London to name but a few, can all
testify as to the magnitude and difficulty of the fight to force this
backing away from the charges.  Americans with character and backbone
have given up careers and much treasure to contribute to this desperate
battle against injustice where our opponents had all the advantages but
two.... Truth and total commitment.

There is much to do to force some measure of redress from CNN and TIME.
I am saddened by the obvious lack of interest on the part of the older,
mainstream veterans organizations such as the American Legion.  In
response to this, I would offer your membership and executive officers
these two quotes written long ago by people who seem to speak directly
to us today.

-- Frederick Douglass -- "Find out just what the people will submit to
and you will have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong
which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are
resisted with either words or blows, or both.  The limits of tyrants are
prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress."

-- John Stuart Mill -- "War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of
things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings
which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has
nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more
important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has
no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of
better men than himself."


Tom Marzullo
Special Forces veteran of SOG
Englewood, Colorado