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Diplomacy, not troops

Dear Editor:As we approach the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration has requested a supplemental appropriation of $72 billion.Per appropriations, we have spent over $245.3 billion in Iraq, with Coloradans responsible for $3.7 billion. There have been 2,297 U.S. soldiers killed, or 15 per week, and officially 16,742 maimed/wounded, or 109 per week. There is little reconstruction of the damaged caused by our bombings. Unemployment hovers at 60 percent. The streets are bloodstained, and there is less oil production, less electricity and less running water. There are kidnappings, suicide bombings, militias killing and torturing at will, etc. Thousands of Iraqi civilians and children have been killed. Iraqis are afraid to leave their homes; and those that can have left the country, causing a brain drain. We have demonstrated our inability to contain the escalating violence. Please call your representatives and senators – (202) 224-3121 – and ask them to stop funding our occupation of Iraq. Ask them to support Rep. Thompson’s (D-Calif.) House Resolution 348 stating U.S. troops need to withdraw within a specified time; and the U.S. should neither keep permanent bases in Iraq nor attempt to control Iraq’s oil. The House is to take up this request the week of March 13, and the Senate the beginning of April.Diplomacy and political engagement are needed, not U.S. troops.Cathleen KraheCarbondale

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