As war looms, Lawrence Countians glued to television sets

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 20, 2003

Lawrence Countians remained glued to televisions throughout the night Wednesday and well into Thursday morning as the United States began attacking Iraq.

Ironton resident Robin Murdock supported the attack.

"I don't want another 9/11," she said. "If Saddam Hussein is breaking the contract he had with us, he should be held accountable."

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Murdock said she has a family member in the military who could be called to fight. She supports him and other personnel who are or will be fighting.

"They fight for us to be able to be free," she said. "We will lose our privileges if no one is there to fight for it."

Pat Adams, another Ironton resident, did not.

"I don't know what to think except that I'm against it," she said. "I think we need to get our noses out of other countries' business. We have too much going on here."

Adams does not have family members in the military, but she has lost a son before. Now, someone else may lose a son, she said.

Tiffany McGlone, another Ironton resident, believes that the United States should have finished with Osama bin Laden before attacking Saddam Hussein. Her uncle's brother and sister's ex-boyfriend are both overseas fighting now.

"There's a whole lot of people at risk," she said. "Hopefully we'll get him (Hussein)."

Proctorville resident Derek Jones supports the war because of Hussein's treatment of others and his own people.

"We should be over there," he said. "We are liberating oppressed people, and that's pretty important. I don't like the fact that lives will be lost, but that's how our country was founded."

Jones also said he believes that Hussein is an evil dictator who needs to be removed from power.

Chesapeake resident Sonny Marcum said people like Hussein are the reason why the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks occurred.

"I don't like war, but I feel that this is necessary," he said. "(Hussein) is too crazy to be that powerful."

Marcum graduated from high school with people who are now in the military. One of them, he is sure will be overseas fighting.

Jimmy Morris, an Ironton resident, believes that if we are to go to war, we need to do it now and do it quickly. He does support the military action.

"A man like that (Hussein) has no conscience or value for human life," he said.

Sabrina Gumbert, a South Point native now living in Ironton, believes that Hussein is a problem from 1991.

"I believe he should have been taken care of 12 years ago," she said. "But, that doesn't mean I won't support what's going on. I just hope it doesn't drag on or cause any problems over here."