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Living with the consequences?

Saddam Hussein was not a nice man. He killed a large number of people. Those of us who opposed the Iraq war knew that he was guilty of many crimes, but we opposed the war because it was not legal, and Iraq was not a real threat to the United States. If we had not gone to war, Saddam Hussein would probably still be leading Iraq, and, no doubt, he would have killed more people. These would have been the consequences of successfully opposing the Iraq War, which we would have had to accept.

Call me old-fashioned, but we were attacked on 9/11, and I support the war in Afghanistan. If I had my way, we would have gone into Afghanistan full-bore, as we did when Pearl Harbor was attacked.

However, before the Afghan war, the Taliban were executing women in soccer stadiums. The picture on the magazine is one way they treat women who offend them. They are not going to stop these practices. If you successfully oppose the Afghan war, you will have to live with the consequences of your actions. You have every right to oppose the war, but don't drape your opposition in a lie to other people or yourself.

Regardless of those pictures and the stadium, I would probably have opposed the Afghan war, if it had not been for 9/11, and I would have had to live with it.

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Jul 29 2010 - 4:34pm

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