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Fiction and hot air

Dear Editor:Just before the invasion of Iraq, Pope John Paul II sent this message to the president: “It’s easy to start a war, but it’s not always easy to end a war.” A corollary to this message might be that it is easy to create a fiction, but not always easy to maintain one; because fictions require an almost superhuman effort to stay afloat and, when left to their own devices, tend to fall apart – which is what is happening now with regard to our original war mission. Until the president fesses up to the fictional nature of our stated reasons for going into Iraq, trying to devise an effective exit strategy is like pumping more hot air into a balloon with a congenital leak.Joel BrenceAspen


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