War with Iraq a waste

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:47 p.m.

In his letter (Jan. 24), John Moss leapt to the defense of George W. Bush who he says was ignorantly attacked. Moss bristled at the insinuation that Bush "wants to bring mankind to war and has made no effort for peace."

Unfortunately, in terms of Iraq, that is Bush in a nutshell.

Moss says he supports the war on terrorism, as I think most people do. No one wants a repeat of 9/11. But Bush has become preoccupied with toppling Saddam Hussein, a task that has little, if anything, to do with fighting terrorism.

The events of 9/11 were not orchestrated, funded, or put in motion by Hussein or any other Iraqi officials. Nor were the other episodes of terrorist activity listed by Moss - bombings of PanAm Flight 103, military barracks in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, embassies in Africa.

Islamic-fundamentalist terrorists carried those out, most notably Osama bin Laden.

If we're truly "at war" against terrorism, why aren't we going after the bin Ladens and Al-Qaedas of the world instead of wasting time, money and international goodwill going after a contained and isolated Iraq?

It's not even the most dangerous member of the triumvirate "Axis of Evil."

The war on terrorism is not synonymous with invading Iraq. I'm all for "smoking out the evil-doers" who perpetrated 9/11, but killing innocent Iraqi civilians will not further that goal.

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