It's too early to leave Iraq

December 28, 2010

The Sun's most interesting editorial, "Fresh start in Iraq" (Dec. 27), stated, "It's vital that [Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki make good on his promise to lead a truly representative government that offers the hope of a better life for all its citizens."

But in my opinion, the U.S. is instead planning to remove that hope by withdrawing our troops from Iraq by the end of 2011. Look how long it took for our original 13 colonies to become a unified democratic country — not until after battles with other countries including England, Spain, France and Mexico and eventually leading to our Civil War. Also in order to protect our interests and advances following some of our past major wars, we still have standing armies in Japan, Germany and South Korea to assure the safety operation of their democratic governments and to prevent invasion by their aggressive neighbors.

Therefore, I strongly recommend the same for Iraq until their democracy becomes more firmly entrenched, which could prevent a civil war or an undercover invasion by Iran along with other radical forces such as al-Qaeda. It certainly would be better to protect the cause for which the thousands of our troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in the initial invasion of Iraq, instead of having to call their brothers and sisters back again.

The U.S. cannot afford to let haste make waste as Iraq struggles to establish a successful operating democracy for the whole Middle East to behold.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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