Letters to the Editor

Saddam shouldn’t have remained in power

About Bush, another Saddam Hussein supporter, Lee R. Pitzer, advocates that Saddam should have remained in power. The same dictator guilty of crimes against humanity, attacked two of his neighbors, Iran and Kuwait, and used WMDs against Iranian soldiers and Iraqi civilians.

According to UNSCR 687 (the conditions that kept Saddam in power, ending the Gulf War, a cease-fire agreement), Iraq is to: “not commit or support any act of international terrorism or allow any organization directed towards commission of such acts to operate within it’s territory and to condemn unequivocally and renounce all acts, methods and practices of terrorism.” UNSCR 1441 (which authorized the use of force against Iraq) states: “Government of Iraq has failed to comply with its commitments pursuant to resolution 687 (1991) with regards to terrorism...” Saddam attempted to have former President George H.W. Bush assassinated when he visited Kuwait. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria started World War I.

There were WMDs found in Iraq, left from the Gulf War. A president Pitzer, after 9/11, ignoring Saddam’s vindictiveness, would have risked the lives of Americans, believing that Saddam probably wouldn’t use the terrorist groups he had ties with and provide the materials of the WMDs (“dirty bombs”) as retaliation. Bush wasn’t going to take that risk.

About the 4,500 Americans that died in Iraq, over 8 years, 8 months, Germany didn’t attack us on Dec. 7, 1941 and yet 29,000 Americans died in the D-Day invasionalone.

Russell C. Fette, Collinsville

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