Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 15, 2005

Keep the focus on falsehoods that led to war

Thanks for the column "It all looked so easy" (Opinion * Commentary, July 10). It is critical that the Bush administration's campaign of misinformation that led this country to war in Iraq be kept in the forefront.

President Bill Clinton was investigated for years, at a cost of many millions of dollars, and finally impeached after a Republican-led smear campaign for lying about an extramarital affair with an intern.

Now President Bush, who has consistently lied about the need to attack Iraq, which led to a war that has cost many American and Iraqi lives and hundreds of billions of dollars and alienated many of our allies, is still, incredibly, in office.

And there is little talk of impeachment, or abuse of power.

Mr. Clinton admitted his mistakes and apologized to all Americans.

Mr. Bush admits nothing, takes no blame, accepts no responsibility.

Doug Ebbert

Bel Air

Cheney suggested we'd be `liberators'

I would like to congratulate Will Englund and KAL for their succinct summary of how the United States got into Iraq ("It all looked so easy," Opinion * Commentary, July 10).

My only criticism is of the short shrift given to Vice President Dick Cheney's comment of March 16, 2003: "My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators."

This came from the same man who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist and who thinks the old carbon economy is so important that we should reject the Kyoto treaty on global warming.

Paul Converse

Baltimore

Democrats also saw Iraq as huge threat

The column "It all looked so easy" (Opinion * Commentary, July 10) was very interesting.

Most interesting, however, was the way The Sun totally ignored the statements of our Democratic leaders in the lead-up to the Iraq war, and continued to support the common misconception that the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction argument was only a Republican idea, and a made-up one at that.

Take, for example, this statement by Sen. John Kerry: "I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force - if necessary - to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security" (Oct. 9, 2002).

Or former Vice President Al Gore: "We know that he [Saddam Hussein] has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country" (Sept. 23, 2002).

And of course Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton: "In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al-Qaida members. ... It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons" (Oct. 10, 2002).

Jean Palmer

Baltimore

Terror ruins security of eldest of English

It is both unfortunate and sad to read that Zaheer Ali, a first-generation Englishman, and his family, who are Muslims of Pakistani descent, no longer feel safe or welcome in largely Christian England ("For British Muslims, revival of old fears," July 12).

But while Mr. Ali and his family may be model English citizens, I must comment that it is even more unfortunate and sad that most hundredth-generation Englishmen and their families no longer feel welcome or safe in England because a number of Muslim religious extremists living in England (and throughout the Western world) are conducting a campaign of terror and murdering innocents of all races, religions and national backgrounds - supposedly in the name of their God.

Elliot Deutsch

Bel Air

Politics trivializes London's tragedies

The Sun should be ashamed of the headline "Attacks could build Bush's support" (July 8).

The paper belittles the tragedy that occurred in London by politicizing the pain of the British.

Robert Dorsch

Pasadena

Aid to Africa does little to help poor

There is little question that Africa is in crisis, with much of its population decimated by AIDS, starvation and unspeakable crimes committed by vicious warlords against the weak and the innocent. But sending billions of dollars in assistance will do little to stem any of these woes as long as thoroughly corrupt governments remain in power ("G-8 results in aid to Africa, Palestinians," July 9).

The last time Live Aid concerts raised money, most of it went unaccounted for, and the funds certainly did little to change living conditions or help those truly in need. And surely we learned something years ago after sending equally huge amounts of money to Latin American countries - only to have our gifts squandered on everything but the poor.

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