Regarding Mike Morgan’s desire to honor his ancestors by flying the Confederate flag (“S.C. should keep flag up,” July 5):
Many of my Austrian ancestors and German relatives by marriage were, like Mr. Morgan’s, conscripted into the military. His fought for a state that violated the Constitution and left the Union because of a desire to defend the enslavement of people it considered less than human. Mine fought for a tyrannical regime that violated international law by conquering its neighbors and by carrying out genocide against people it designated as “subhuman.”
The Confederate battle flag and the Nazi swastika are symbols of those respective regimes and their values.
The descendants of my relatives who fought on the Axis side would never demand the right to fly the swastika, and indeed it is a crime in both Austria and Germany to do so.
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I wonder how anyone can justify the flying of a flag in this country that is just symbolic of such a criminal system.