Every once in a while letters to the editor from surrounding papers catch my attention, as these 2 did.
From the Cleburne Times Review December 3, 2006-W V Bonds
I don’t know all the ins and outs of Islamic fundamentalism, but I do know this much: Muslims have hated Christians since their beginning, and have shown no hesitancy to kill us in huge numbers since the seventh century.
The Sept. 11 attacks are simply the most recent offensive of that 1,300 year-old conflict. Like it or not, Islamic extremists view the U.S. as a nation of Christian infidels. The question is: How do you defeat an enemy with a 13-century blood grudge and not only the willingness, but also the determination to die in his quest to kill you? Maybe one of our Democratic leaders can give us an answer.
Huh? So what's he saying, that being in Iraq is good because we're killing MUSLIMS??? For one major thing, that's certainly not the expressed reason for us going over to Iraq and attacking them-the reason, to remind, was that Bush sold us that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and Rice said there was a smoking gun of a mushroom cloud that could kill us in 45 minutes. And how egregious to tie September 11th to the invasion of Iraq-Bush himself has said multiple times that Saddam was not behind or had anything to do with the Sept 11th attacks. In fact, who were the hijackers on Sept 11th? Saudis.
I want to state right now that even though this letter may read as a statement of support for the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it isn’t. I am not an analyst for the National Security Agency, and I don’t have access to a thousandth of the hard intelligence on the matter, therefore I cannot know whether we should have invaded Iraq or not. But, then, neither do the mainstream media.
But the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a report issued in September 2006, said that Iraq's ties to Al-Qaida were disputed BEFORE the war.
A declassified report released yesterday by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence revealed that U.S. intelligence analysts were strongly disputing the alleged links between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda while senior Bush administration officials were publicly asserting those links to justify invading Iraq.
Far from aligning himself with al-Qaeda and Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Hussein repeatedly rebuffed al-Qaeda's overtures and tried to capture Zarqawi, the report said. Tariq Aziz, the detained former deputy prime minister, has told the FBI that Hussein "only expressed negative sentiments about [Osama] bin Laden."
The question of whether we *should* have invaded Iraq or not will probably be debated for a long, long time. What isn't under debate is that Bush sure didn't get up in front of the American public and say "We have to invade Iraq because we have to kill the Muslims". The reason that WAS given was wrong.
So to accept hook, line and sinker what the media says about the war in Iraq war is folly. We should see the war through no matter what the cost. For if not finishing what we’ve started means freeing what’s left of our enemies to plan and execute another Sept. 11— then I say no cost is too great to bear to avoid living with the constant dread.
So, if your home was invaded by the people in the next town, because they thought mistakenly that you had a cache of weapons in your attic, you'd advocate that they should stay in your home until either all your family members are dead or you're so cowed that you wouldn't dare ever say boo to them again (if you remain alive). You wouldn't want those townies to have constant dread thinking that you, even though you had nothing to do with a shootout in their town, might decide to take revenge. Right?
Don "Catfish" Williams saw the letter, quoted above, and answered on December 10; his son is in the Army.
My son is in the Army and W.V. wants him killed for something he obviously does not understand. These people we are at war with didn’t have anything to do with the 9/11 attacks. You are grossly misinformed, Mr. Bonds. This war is all about money and a presidential power trip. We are not the world police. We are not right about every decision we make and ever made. So accept this mistake and let’s get our boys and girls out of Iraq while we have some dignity left.
Conditions for the people of Iraq are worse now than ever because of a civil war we basically created by being there. I believe in America and fighting for your country but this is not our business.
You don’t want them killing us but who are our soldiers if not us, our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, moms and dads?
Win no matter the cost. There are no winners. Rethink a bit please.