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May 29, 2014

Letter: Defense of Bush's Iraq war falls short

To the editor:

Mr. Tapan Bhattacharjee’s letter of May 25 (Bush made right choice on Iraq), is another example of the magical thinking so often identified with what used to be known as the Grand Old Party.

Mr. Bhattacharjee’s assertion that the murder of four Americans in the Libyan city of Benghazi is a far greater tragedy than the death of some 5,000 young Americans in a war that history shows us was the wrong war, fought against the wrong enemy, for all the wrong reasons is so very immoral that I fail to see how anyone could embrace it. Mr. Bhattacharjee defends Mr. Bush’s Excellent Adventure in Iraq by further asserting that it was justified on the grounds that “... they (Muslims) ridiculed and undermined America at every opportunity.” I won’t even dignify that comment with a response.

There are plenty of good reasons to dislike Muslims, but ridiculing and undermining America doesn’t make the cut. As a wag once said: “Mr. Bush is a humble man and he has much to be humble about.”

Tom Chapman

Haverhill

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