Pain and tears
Dear Editor:Most Americans seem to have an opinion about the continued U.S. and British occupation of Iraq and the spending of $196 billion so far on this venture. I asked an Iraqi citizen (mother and teacher) for her opinion. Her reply (corrected for spelling) follows: “I don’t want the troops in my country because they grow hate in the Iraqi people. They encourage the Kurdish people to kill the Turkmen and the Shiite to kill the Sunni. They want all Iraqis to die. … They kill and attack the women in their homes in Falluja (the U.S. destroyed 70 percent of this city of approximately 300,000 people) and Tal Afar and Abu Ghraib. … They also rob the houses when they want to search for weapons, but they take everything that is valuable.”The U.S. and U.K. troops made Iraq worse than before, and they kill anyone if they are angry. They are not all but most of them wild soldiers. They imagine that they are in a jungle and the Iraqis are animals and they hunt them. Also, they are without humanity. They represent themselves over the law …”Thus, with 1,904 U.S. soldiers dead, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed, little reconstruction, rampant corruption, less electricity, security and water, and an Iraqi army we cannot train after 2 1/2 years, I feel it is time to leave.Our bombs killed many in Tal Afar, destroyed homes and relegated people to tents without food or water. In retaliation approximately 230 Iraqis were killed in the last few days. We give little thought to their misery, pain and tears.Cathleen KraheCarbondale
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