Sgt. Seth Conner

I fell in love with the people of the Middle East while fighting for them, and my heart goes out to them. I plan to move to Egypt next year as a Christian missionary to reach out to their needy, and when the war's over I plan to return to Iraq, this time without my M-16.

But if Berkeley has its way, the young men and women of their city won't have the freedom to make one of the most honorable choices they could ever make—the right to defend their country. Instead, they would rather make the decision for them, imposing their will upon their people. That does not sound like the freedom I fought for.

While in Iraq, I wrote an “Open Letter to America” that was aimed at the very people who make up Berkeley's city council. You can read the letter in its entirety here. I supported their right to free speech; after all, I was fighting for it, not to mention losing friends for that cause. But I strongly questioned their so-called support-the-troops-but-not-the-war stance. Angry, I called them ignorant, naïve, hippie puppets.

After my tour of duty ended I hoped I was wrong, that I had written that letter out of my own ignorance. But the Berkeley city council proves everything I said in that letter was true. Thankfully, the American Legion and Move America Forward stood up and said “Enough.”

Groups like Code Pink and the Berkeley city council don't care about freedom. They only care about saddling another generation—my generation—with their hippie-loving propaganda.

Sgt. Seth Conner

Only 25, Seth Conner is an Iraq War combat veteran and a current student at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. After serving a tour in Japan and a combat tour in Iraq with the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, the United States Marine Corps relieved Sgt. Seth Conner from military service in 2005 with an honorable discharge. In addition to pursuing his studies and writing career, Conner works part time at the Orange County Rescue Mission and also attends Nouveau Riche University in Scottsdale, Arizona, and works part time as a real estate investor. An active member of Saddleback Church, Conner takes semi-annual missions trips around the globe to minister to others and serve the less fortunate. Born and raised in Parker, Colorado, Seth Conner currently lives in Lake Forest, California. Boredom By Day, Death By Night is Conner’s first book.