Now, what were the reasons? |

Now, what were the reasons?

Dear Editor:We keep hearing, as the most recent justification for the war, that if we had not invaded Iraq, Saddam Hussein would still be in power. We cannot possibly know that, of course. We cannot know what would have happened if the inspectors had been allowed to complete their work, and if the economic sanctions had been allowed to continue.What we definitely do know, however, is that, if we had not invaded Iraq, almost 1,000 U.S. soldiers would still be alive; almost 6,000 U.S. soldiers would not have suffered serious, life-altering wounds; at least 20,000 U.S. soldiers would not face serious psychological scarring (New England Journal of Medicine, July 1, 2004: at least 1 in 6 soldiers will suffer such effects).Let me see: No connection to the tragic events of 9/11; no “operational relationship” with al-Qaida (Sept. 11 Commission report); no weapons of mass destruction; no imminent threat to the United States.Now, why again did we invade Iraq? And how many U.S. lives should be damaged or destroyed for the cause of – what were those reasons?Jack SebestaCarbondale

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