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David Cummings letter: Bush endorsement is seriously flawed

The Forum endorsement (Oct. 24) of President George Bush is seriously flawed for several reasons. First, it is based on the belief that it OK to help a nation in the Middle East to achieve a rudimentary form of democracy. The key word in your arg...

The Forum endorsement (Oct. 24) of President George Bush is seriously flawed for several reasons. First, it is based on the belief that it OK to help a nation in the Middle East to achieve a rudimentary form of democracy. The key word in your argument is "help." I submit that there is a huge difference between helping a country to democracy and imposing democracy by force. Might does not make right. Certainly, our invasion of Iraq deposed an evil dictator, but ultimately we cannot impose democracy on any country or anyone. Even democracy in Afghanistan has yet to be proven.

Secondly, we are in serious difficulty in Iraq because the United States lacked the moral principle for going to war in the first place. For example, even in the endorsement there is no mention of doing the right thing for the Iraqi people. Instead there is this comment, "In the broader context of American and Western interests (for that matter, Middle East interests) the ultimate goal of the Iraq war is well worth the struggle now under way."

In reality, we know very little about the Iraqi people. Their language, culture and religion are completely alien to most Americans. Yet, there is a condescending attitude that we know what's best for them.

Your argument sounds much like those used to justify our war in Vietnam. Then we heard expressions like the "domino theory" or "We had to destroy this village in order to save it." Unfortunately, it seems that we have learned nothing from our Vietnam experience.

Regrettably, many Americans are in a serious state of denial. Many want to bury their head in the sand and hope that it will go away. Many do not want to believe that the Iraqi war is as bad as it is.

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No one wants to believe that the loss of innocent American and Iraqi lives has been a tragic mistake. Some want to believe that the war in Iraq is the war on terrorism. It is not. No one wants to believe that an American president could possibly put this nation in such a deep hole. Everyone wants to trust the president. Yet, the proof is before our eyes. In honesty, we cannot be blind to an unnecessary war and gloss over the facts. We are there and somehow must complete a nearly impossible task.

The only consolation with the election of President Bush is that he will have to deal with a mess that he created. We do not need blind political allegiance, but the courage to recognize a situation for what it is. Sadly, it is unrealistic to believe that a president who so foolishly got us into this quagmire will have the wisdom and common sense to get us out.

David Cummings

Dilworth

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