Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 16, 2003

A great victory for Bush, Iraqis and U.S. allies

Could the children of Iraq receive a better holiday present than to know that the man who butchered hundreds of thousands of their fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles and brothers has been removed from power forever ("Hussein in custody," Dec. 15)?

The winners in this capture? The citizens of Iraq, the Bush administration, the U.S. military and our allies such as Italy, Great Britain and Spain.

The losers? Howard Dean and other opponents of the war who attempted to obstruct the capture of Saddam Hussein by creating a tumultuous political atmosphere for the president. As the war trials begin in Iraq, and the scope of the atrocities is unearthed, Dr. Dean and his ilk will find it impossible to hide behind the banner of "peace."

Other losers include France, Germany and Russia, countries that let their financial stake in the Hussein regime overcome the natural human instinct to do what is right.

How ironic that a man who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people gave up without a fight, like the coward that he is, in a hole like a rat.

I doubt that the new Iraqi government will treat him as gently as the U.S. military did on Saturday - and it should not.

Michael DeCicco

Severn

Soldiers' dedication caused the capture

On behalf of my fellow veterans of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 219 at Charlestown Retirement Community, I offer congratulations and "job well done" to the courageous men and women fighting for freedom in Iraq for the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Many in today's society expected his capture in mere days. As veterans of other foreign wars, we knew better. It takes the skill, bravery, loyalty, intelligence, teamwork and most of all patience of all our troops to accomplish goals such as Mr. Hussein's capture.

I salute the troops.

John Hanlon

Catonsville

The writer is commander of VFW Post No. 219.

Capturing Hussein is just the beginning

Three cheers for our brave American soldiers and for the Bush administration, which stayed the course in Iraq despite all the Bush-bashing opposition to the war ("Hussein in custody," Dec. 15).

All victims of Saddam Hussein's chemical and gas attacks, torture and dictatorship should rejoice. He should be interrogated, tried and convicted of crimes against humanity, including the aiding and abetting of world terrorism through his financial support to the families of "suicide bombers" in Israel.

Unfortunately, this is World War III, and whether we like it or not, the war on terrorism has only begun with the capture of Mr. Hussein.

Osama bin Laden and Yasser Arafat should be next.

Barbara Ann Bloom

Baltimore

Nuremberg analogy makes good sense

Television critic David Zurawik's comments on Fox News equating Saddam Hussein's trial with the tribunals at Nuremberg quoted my remarks entirely out of context ("Powerful images make for compelling TV news," Dec 15).

Adolf Hitler - as I consistently pointed out during my on-air coverage Sunday - evaded justice at Nuremberg by committing suicide in 1945. Saddam Hussein's capture sets the stage for a judicial proceeding at which not only a regime but also its leader will be held accountable for crimes many Iraqis view as just as historically horrific as those orchestrated by the Nazis.

It is also inaccurate to assert that "only in the heat of cable news coverage" would the comparison to Nuremberg appear.

A quick Internet search reveals that the Los Angeles Times, The Jerusalem Post, the Toronto Star and Britain's Daily Mirror, Independent and Guardian newspapers are all drawing the parallel with Nuremberg. I seem to be in pretty good company.

Simon Marks

Washington

The writer is a contributing correspondent for Fox News Channel.

Can Hussein point us to the missing WMD?

Well, we got him ("Hussein in custody," Dec. 15).

Now all Saddam Hussein has to do is disclose the location(s) of the weapons of mass destruction to make everything all right.

McNair Taylor

Baltimore

Hold our president accountable as well

I am glad that Saddam Hussein is finally no longer a plague to the Iraqi people ("Hussein in custody," Dec. 15).

Unfortunately, however, the joke is on us Americans. We are still left with a lying international criminal for a president and little prospect of his being arrested, tried and given the sentence he deserves for his numerous crimes of aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Curtis F. J. Doebbler

Washington

Bush's duplicity should anger us all

By refusing to attend even one funeral of a dead soldier, and barring the media from taking images of military coffins, President Bush has dishonored the ultimate sacrifice of military personnel while implicitly defrauding the American public about the consequences of his Iraq policies.

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