911 Victims On War With Iraq

While it's true that there are probably as many opinions on the war as there were victims of the attacks, The Early Show Correspondent Melinda Murphy spoke with two women who give voice to many of the mixed emotions surrounding Iraq.

When George W. Bush ran for president, his campaign promises focused on domestic and economic issues, not foreign policy. But the attacks of Sept. 11 made fighting terrorism the president's top priority.

Although there has been no proven link between Saddam Jussein and the events of Sept. 11, there is no question that in many ways the seeds for this war were planted on that day.

A marine in an undisclosed location says, "As far as I'm concerned, we can't let another Sept. 11 happen, by doing what we're doing here, we are helping to prevent another Sept. 11."

But are we really? That's the question we put to two women who lost loved ones on that fateful September day.

Myrna Bethke says, "Returning violence for violence doesn't get you anywhere."

While Cathy Trant asks, "How could we not stand behind our president? Who would want Sept. 11 on their shoulders?"

Trant lost her husband, Danny, that morning. For Bethke it was her brother, Billy. Both men were in Tower One.

Although they share a common history, these women have very different views on the present.

"There's no one from Sept. 11 who doesn't want some kind of consequences on those who perpetuated those actions. But it doesn't mean we have to go to war about it. We need to look for other alternatives," says Bethke.

But Trant says, "We tried peace. Who's going to stop it? I think Saddam Hussein is a terrorist and if he got hold of mass weapons; he would send his people over here and my children could be murdered and I'm not going to allow that to happen and our government should not allow that to happen."

Each woman has turned her grief into action. Bethke is a Methodist minister leading her congregation in peace vigils. Trant is a mother teaching her children to speak out

When asked what he thought about going to war, Cathy Trant son Alex says "I think we should because if we don't then we're just waiting for him to do something worse."

And opinions even differ about going into Afghanistan to fight Al Queda - the perpetuators of Sept. 11. Trant's husband's name was painted on the side of the second bomb dropped there.

"I had some mixed feelings. I knew what a bomb does, but to have my husband to be honored because he was murdered for no reason... just hatred - and that bomb helped other people," says Trant.

Bethke says "that makes me very sad to think that we would paint someone's name on a bomb and then drop it and say this one is for you as if that's going to bring back the person who was killed, instead for me that just continues the violence."

What Bethke and Trant agree on is on the hope they share for the future.

"I think we're praying for a place where everybody lives in such peace and security and every person has dignity and respect so that they don't feel driven to commit acts of violence," says Bethke.

And their concern for the citizens of Iraq - and what our bombs could be doing to children and families there.
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