Why attack Iraq?

Published: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 12:22 a.m.

In 9-11 we lost some 2,800 people, mostly adults, and most of whom were killed almost instantly. This was tragic. And it called for retaliation against those who perpetrated it. Most of the perpetrators

were Saudi.

So, what did we do? We attacked Iraq, a nation that, while a dictatorship, had nothing to do with it! In so doing we killed, not only thousands of their soldiers, but thousands of their women and children and wounded many thousands more. In addition, hundreds of our soldiers died and thousands more were wounded. At this writing, 799 of our men and women have been killed and over 4,000 have lost eyes, arms, legs or even worse, parts of their brain.

Initially, President Bush said we were doing this because they had weapons of mass destruction. Then our leader said it was to make us more secure. Now our leader says it is to give the Iraqi people their freedom. What really is the reason?

In the process, we have thrown out the Geneva Convention and subjected who knows how many of our men in uniform and civilian contractors to torture and murder because that is what we are doing to them. Also, we have spent billions of dollars that future generations must pay for and the absence of which will deprive them of good schools, health programs and secure retirement.

So today, I guess we are more safe? Our national image is improved? George Bush for president anyone?

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