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War furthers bin Laden’s cause

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

President Bush got off to a good start after 9/11 when he went to war in Afghanistan with the avowed purpose of running the Taliban out of the country and eliminating Osama bin Laden, “dead or alive.”

Unfortunately, he let his personal vendetta with Saddam Hussein distract him from the war on terror and, without any real proof, conned the American people and Congress to undertake a war on Iraq. Being unable to find any of the weapons of mass destruction that he had claimed were a real and immediate threat to America, he changed its title to a war on terror.

Before 9/11, Iraq harbored no terrorists and had nothing to do with the attack on the World Trade Center. With the war in Iraq in full swing, al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations found an easier, quicker and less expensive way to attack America, both directly and indirectly, by encouraging the Iraqi people to rise up and fight to oust the American occupiers with the moral support of the entire Muslim world.

With the mounting rate of casualties, both civilian and military, which, if it continues, will match or exceed the toll of the World Trade Center, bin Laden must be congratulating himself on finding an easier and more costly (to America) way of attacking this country. The billions of dollars being spent on this war could have created jobs, improved health care, and given a better life to millions of Americans.

It is a pity that the poor Iraqis do not realize or understand that Bush is killing them for their own good. It is just his way of bringing democracy to Iraq.

D. R. C. Brown


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