Thursday, December 23, 2004

Rhetoric about Iraqi elections doesn't justify the slaughter

(This letter was published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on December 27, 2004.)

After Tuesday's rocket attack that left 22 dead while at lunch in a mess hall, Bush responded with rhetoric about the upcoming elections in Iraq and democracy. He said, "It's such a hopeful moment" ("Bush Sees Hope in Iraqi Election: He Says Mosul Carnage Doesn't Outweigh Prospect," Dec. 22).

My wife was so angry and upset to read his comments that she was in tears thinking of the families of those soldiers. How can the president be so arrogant and callous to think that this ideology justifies the continued slaughter? I wonder if he would say that if one of his daughters were among those who were killed.

In the same article, Secretary of State Colin Powell is quoted telling reporters that the administration never expected the violent level of insurgency against U.S. troops. The administration thought they would greet us as liberators and throw flowers. If administration officials underestimated the violence, how is it that they are so hopeful of successful elections?

The majority of Americans now disagree. A majority of Americans now say the war with Iraq was not worth fighting and more than half want to fire embattled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the chief architect of that conflict, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released last Monday.

With events in Iraq likely to get worse, the grand neo-con project to reshape the world is in near terminal crisis.

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