From: Kerry L. Wolford [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tue 4/1/2008 8:03 AM
To: Kirstein, Peter N.
Subject: Re: Why Not?
I love free speech. I served my country in the Army for 20 years for that freedom and others. However, showing my wounded brothers-in-arms on a website just for political reasons is disgusting. You can’t honestly deny that’s why you have them on your site. I’ve had relatives die in battle for my country and I still served. I don’t consider your “free speech” serving America. I consider it harmful to the country and hurtful to your countrymen.
Image from New England Journal of Medicine of American soldier as casualty of war.
From: Kirstein, Peter N.
Sent: Tue 4/1/2008 8:16 AM
To: Kerry L. Wolford
Subject: RE: Why Not?
It seems you love free speech as long as you agree with it. Asking me to leave the United States and live elsewhere because you construe dissent as unpatriotic, is hardly American but perhaps more consistent with McCarthyism. I presume you are objecting to my link to the Washington Post image of the casualties of war. I wonder if you believe the Washington Post should not have published that. My posting of it was not for “political reasons” as you put it but to reveal the horror of war, its senseless tragedy and its immoral taking of life.
I am not in the business of blind patriotism but I am endeavoring through reasoned, but perhaps provocative discourse, to advocate a progressive politics. I am also a veteran but not particularly proud of it. I don’t brag about it.
Also you may wish to identify your position with the Bureau of Prisons should you engage in further communication with me. I presume you won’t suggest I become a resident for “political reasons.”
Note: I thought Mr Wolford was referring to a Washington Post image. I believe since that image is no longer valid, he was referring to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine which is linked on my website. http://www.nejm.org/slideshows/2004/20041209/slides6.htm I made an error but the principle and the rationale is the same in posting images that reveal starkly the true nature of war and its victims.