Marchers to rally in support of war on Iraq

March 06, 2003 12:00 am

By JASON ECK

Twain Harte siblings have planned a march in support of President George W. Bush and to stand up for what they say is an attack on their country and freedom.

Todd Johnson, 22, and his sister, Melody Johnson, 20, are planning the March for Freedom set for Saturday in Sonora. It will begin in the early afternoon and wind up in Courthouse Square, where a peace march was held Feb. 15.

Both Todd and Melody were home-schooled by their parents, Lee and Rosemary Johnson. They said they were taught to analyze everything, look at issues from every angle, and make decisions based on right and wrong.

And the Johnsons said they believe military action is the answer to dealing with Iraq and Saddam Hussein.

"No American wants war, but sometimes we have to put aside what we want and do what is right," Todd said. "We are already in this war, whether we realize it or not. The question now is where it will be fought — there or here."

Todd has asked Marc Segala, finance manager at Mother Lode Motors, where he works, to speak at the event.

Segala describes himself as a conservative and constitutional advocate. He frequently writes letters to the editor and is a pro-growth advocate.

Segala supports war in Iraq and wants people to understand that the fight is against international terrorism. People who believe Saddam Hussein is not connected to international terrorism and the United States' fight against it, he said, are "naive and cowardly."

However, he said he mostly wants "to force people to question their own positions in an intellectual way, not based on feelings."

The Johnsons were among the approximately 60 people — mostly veterans and their relatives — who countered about 1,000 demonstrators gathered for the Sonora Peace March in Courthouse Square last month.

The Johnsons said they were disappointed with the lack of American flags they saw flying on the war-protesters' side.

The Johnsons encourage people to bring their American flags to Saturday's event.