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September 25, 2013

Letter: Naivete led us to war in Iraq

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

In his Sept. 22 letter, “War in Iraq was amply justified,” Tapan Bhattacharjee writes “Liberals always think President Bush is to be blamed for the Iraq War and 9/11 attack.” It is dangerous to use words like “always” or “never.” There are too many exceptions in this world.

It is untrue that conservatives always want to go to war. Few supported an attack on Syria. It is untrue that conservatives always vote the way the NRA tells them. Some very bright conservatives support gun control. There are also many conservatives who believe immigration is America’s strength. These smart conservatives try to move the country forward. While they are outnumbered, they represent what’s left of the intellectual side of the Republican Party.

Liberals do not always think Bush is to blame for 9/11. He shoulders some responsibility for intelligence failure, but to say liberals always blame Bush is foolish. Many other factors are to blame: airport security, our intelligence network and, of course, Bin Laden.

Second, he writes, “American presidents have believed that Muslims can do no wrong because Islam is a peaceful religion.” Again, foolish. Islam is a peaceful religion as is Christianity. Muslims, Christians, Jews, atheists all contribute to peaceful coexistence.

In both religions, justification for militant behavior is found by religious fundamentalists and fanatics infecting the ranks. Fundamentalist Muslims believe blowing up buildings with innocents inside is justifiable; others believe stoning a woman is acceptable or chopping off the head of a hostage. Fundamentalist Christians in America bomb women’s health centers because abortions might be done there; others hold signs of aborted fetuses and threaten women and doctors. Others believe a manlike being lives in the sky and that a “devil” is under ground. They are on the fringe and do great damage by “brainwashing” their young.

He writes that John Kerry “supported the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” Since when did any U.S. senator support someone having weapons of mass destruction?

He later writes that Saddam Hussein transported chemical weapons to Syria. This was just one of the fictions thrust upon us as the Bush regime tried to convince us that invading Iraq was a good idea. How America has paid so dearly for allowing itself to be hoodwinked by so few. Maybe it’s true: The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.

Finally, he writes, “Saddam Hussein insulted America by walking over the picture of the president of the United States.” When someone stomps on a picture of an American president, should we invade the country and hang the bugger?

It is evident Mr. Bhatracharjee believed many of the accounts given to us by the Bush regime. We are paying today for the naivete of so many Americans who are so easily led to believe something.

This writer has written like this before. Is it high time The Eagle-Tribune at least edits these letters for accuracy or sends them back to the writer for a rewrite.

Michael Veves