Letter speaks the truth


Published: Sunday, August 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 11:01 p.m.

I would like to compliment Joe Little's "A letter to my country" (July 19) for speaking to the heart of the horror going on in Iraq. The letter may sound strong until you consider the truth behind the words. There were no weapons of mass destruction, no connection between Iraq and Sept. 11, 2001, and absolutely no reason to go to war with Iraq other than oil and profit to be made by the war profiteers. Our brave soldiers stormed into Iraq thinking they were defending America's freedom, when America's freedom was never in question. It was all a lie.

And last week, even as the American death toll climbed above 1,000, President Bush was lauding his discovery that it was Iran, not Iraq, who had the connections with al-Qaeda. But will this late discovery save our children in uniform? Iran is safe because Cheney's company, Halliburton, has been doing business with them for years. But North Korea wears its atomic weapons program like a chip on its shoulder, daring America to intercede. And where are the soldiers who would defend America should a real enemy present itself? They are buried in the sands of Iraq. Thank you, Joe Little, for your poetic reference to this real and most unforgivable tragedy of the ill-conceived Iraq war - the loss of our brave soldiers who are every day dying for the lie.

Rudy Young,

Hawthorne

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