War against terrorists is a legitimate one

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 1:40 a.m.
I've seen many silly letters on these pages, but Ralf Kraemer's letter (May 24) broke the mold.
He says that now the most ardent supporter of the administration must admit the war is illegal and a mistake. I don't, and I'm not even "the most ardent." He says that hundreds of thousands of people have been killed or maimed. They haven't been, but Saddam came close when he slaughtered about that many Kurds.
He says that cities have been destroyed. I challenge him to name one. He says we haven't found WMDs in Syria. No kidding - we never looked there. He says flatly that there was no connection between Iraq and either 9-11 or al-Qaeda. How exactly does he know this?
He says civil war has broken out in Iraq, and we are responsible. Wrong again. The insurgency cannot be a civil war since it is being waged primarily by non-Iraqi Arabs and Iranians.
He says Iraq has a shadow government with no power. Baloney! He says the government is not "by the people, for the people." He shouldn't sit on a hot stove while he waits for such a thing in any Arab country. He says we cannot win this war. Why not?
We are in a global war against renegade terrorists whose stated mission is to kill us. They will not go away if we make nice, and we must help the new government destroy the non-Iraqi murderers.
Kal Rosenberg, Gainesville

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