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Sunday, June 22, 2003

Public opinion still divided about Iraq's weapons stash



The front-page article on June 15 ("Iraq, 9-11 myths widely believed") contained some interesting statistics. However, the most intriguing comment in the article was the question, "How could so many people be so wrong about life and death information that has dominated news coverage for almost two years?"

Obviously, the millions of American citizens either do not really care to understand the truth, or they are not quite capable of understanding. But because it is more than likely that 95 to 99 percent of people who were "so wrong about life and death information" probably voted for Bush in the last election, then it is not hard to answer the question stated.

Lies, innuendo and fuzzy logic repeated over and over again to a gullible and easily entranced electorate have created the social, economic and global mess of the last three years. And the Republicans definitely do not want to change the intellectual status of their voters.

James J. Mignerey, Hamilton

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Of course Iraq has illicit weapons

This is in regards to the letter ("Burden of proof on Iraq not United States," June 16). . There was no doubt that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. We have newspaper headlines with pictures depicting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greeting and shaking hands with Donald Rumsfeld, then-special envoy of President Reagan, in Baghdad on Dec. 20, 1983, after sealing the deal where the United States sold Hussein the infamous weapons of which we now speak.

Suffice to say, no matter what evidence is presented to the people who hold the Bush regime in the same esteem as their deity, these people will continue to refuse to see the light. None are so blind as those who will not see.

Peggy Campbell, Green Township

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Saving the innocent reason enough for war

In response to the letter ("Deceitful war simply added to mass graves" June 15) I'm appalled that they believe that the Bush administration owes the world an apology for "deception that ultimately led many people to needless death." Where were the bleeding hearts who were deaf to the numerous lies and deceit of the last administration. In 1994, more than 500,000 people were massacred in Uganda and the United States did nothing. About 250 U.S. servicemen and 4,000 Iraqi collateral innocents died in Iraq recently. Saddam and his sadistic crew tortured and murdered many times that.

I fail to understand why some spoiled "have everything" Americans fail to see that saving millions of innocent lives is just cause for our intervention. As a veteran and the parent of a sailor and a Marine, I applaud our president for supporting humanitarian ideals even if he had to lie to get the liberals to buy into it.

Dave Disher, Anderson Township

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Bush must see folly of his advisers

The article "Iraq, 9-11 myths widely believed" surely stirred up some 40-year-old emotions. Regardless of why we went to war in Iraq, I think his advisers convinced President Bush that he was doing the right thing. The politicians in the '50s and '60s thought they were doing the right thing by sending advisers to and eventually going to war in Vietnam.

I pray the president sees the folly of his advisers and get our troops out of the Middle East before too many more people get killed, ours and theirs.

Bill Buresch, Finneytown




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