Iraq a disaster, too

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:41 p.m.
Your story (Dec. 30) on the toll during the tsunami in Asia stated that President Bush made his first public comments since the disaster occurred on Dec. 26.
It also stated that those public comments reflected pressure on Bush to appear more engaged in one of the worst natural disasters in history.
Bush said, ''These past few days have brought loss and grief to the world that is beyond our comprehension."
Let's think about that.
Those tsunamis rolling in were a natural disaster that claimed more than 100,000 lives in a dozen countries. The U.S. rolling into Iraq was a deliberate man-made disaster that, so far, has claimed more lives in that one country alone than have been lost in the dozen hit by the tsunami.
One does not hear Bush bemoaning the loss and grief the U.S. has caused the Iraqis, let alone the destruction we have wreaked on their country for which we must pay.
The tragedy for the U.S. is that our president must be pressured to ''appear more engaged'' in world events.
Of course, we must remember that he was on vacation once again and really didn't want to be bothered by the affairs of government.
Patricia Koster, Williston

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