November 18, 2002
This is in response to your “Faces of the Roaring Fork” cover story on Thursday, Nov. 14.
I hope others can appreciate the irony involved in that photo. While Ms. Gray may have very admirable goals, and I sincerely hope that she is allowed to go on her trip, I might suggest a change in attire and don’t hold a sign that reads, “God Bless America.”
Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a country where Ms. Gray was allowed to travel 150 miles to express sentiments that are not necessarily the view of all our elected representatives?
Imagine doing that in Iraq without the benefit of the armed escorts that she will be traveling with! And, may I ask, if the government welcomes them, and as her shirt says, Sue “has no enemies in Iraq,” why security guards?
I do agree that the sanctions against Iraq have nothing to do with terrorism. The United Nations imposed these sanctions after the leader of those “innocent citizens” decided to invade their neighbors without provocation.
Also, I hope Sue has researched how many “innocent civilians” have died at the hands of Saddam Hussein, including chemical use against his own people. If the previous administration had been as interested in inspecting Iraq as they were in inspecting interns, perhaps we would not be in this quandary.
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In closing, I hope that Sue Gray and her coalition do prevent a violent conclusion to this conflict. If, however, a military response were called for, I would hope they would support the U.N. resolution and our armed forces. They deserve as much, if not more, concern as the citizens of Iraq.
I also hope Saddam unleashing weapons of mass destruction is not the defining moment of “The Clinton Legacy.”
God Bless America.
Kevin T. Harris