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Jim Hann letter: United States asks nothing in return for Iraq liberation

In liberating 24 million Iraqis, the United States of America has again proven to be the world's champion. The U.S. has a history of removing tyrannical dictators, liberating the oppressed and establishing stable democracies while asking for noth...

In liberating 24 million Iraqis, the United States of America has again proven to be the world's champion. The U.S. has a history of removing tyrannical dictators, liberating the oppressed and establishing stable democracies while asking for nothing in return.

In spite of protests from around the world, President George Bush and his wise advisers determined that the threat posed by Saddam Hussein and his evil regime was too great to ignore. Diplomacy, sanctions and inspections did not succeed and 12 years of violating 17 United Nations resolutions were enough. Some U.N. countries like France, Russia and Germany decided that their financial interest in Iraq (oil and illegal arms) or anti-American sentiment were more important than enforcing their own resolution.

Now that the links to al-Qaida have been confirmed, when the biological and chemical weapons are found, the skeptics will have to admit that Saddam lied. Also, his desire to gain nuclear capabilities was never achieved.

After 25 years Saddam's reign of terror is over. His brutal totalitarian regime which started two wars costing over a million lives, billions of dollars and drove an oil-rich country into poverty is done. No more murder, rape, torture or arbitrary imprisonment for being unfortunate enough to live in a country where free speech and dissent were considered capital crimes. No longer will 5,000 Iraqi children die monthly of malnutrition because of Saddam's diversion of oil-for-food money and sanctions. Those who said that we had no right to force a regime change on a sovereign country had to know that there as no way the Iraqi people could have overthrown Saddam without complete and wanton slaughter.

Pity those who can't distinguish between good and evil. Shame on the uninformed who claimed that this was about oil, imperialism or some other sinister motive. Where are those who said that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians would die and thousands of Americans would return in body bags? Will the many Bush-bashers, including Ramsey Clark, Robert Byrd, Jimmy Carter, the New York Times and the Hollywood 100 ever admit they were wrong? I doubt it.

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Operation Iraqi Freedom was a success thanks to our superior weaponry, military leaders and brave fighting forces who fought a humane war designed to inflict maximum damage on the enemy with a minimum of coalition and civilian casualties. Unfortunately in war people die, but people were dying before the war. Now the needless dying will end.

Jim Hann

Fargo

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