Sunday, September 18, 2011
When someone claims that George Bush sleeps "just as peacefully as when he was in the White House, starting wars" (Let's remember all victims of Sept.11, printed Sept 6), I feel a response is warranted .
Starting wars? America was attacked more viciously on 9/11 than anytime in our history, including the War of 1812 and Pearl Harbor. If anyone believes 9/11 was our fault, I suggest reading "The Fallacy of Grievance-based Terrorism."
The letter justifiably mentions the tragedy of civilian casualties in wartime. However, some believe that when attacked we should assume culpability, as if we did something to deserve planes flying into buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.
Or view the attempt to destroy the towers in 1993 and kill 25,000 people as a mere criminal case. Or ignore Saddam Hussein's invasion and torture of Kuwaitis, his launching SCUD missiles at other countries, disregarding cease-fire restrictions, firing at patrolling aircraft and conducting terrorist attacks against U.S. targets (including a former U.S. president).
No, militarily removing those two governments was justified and (unlike Libya) approved by Congress.
President Bush said (excerpted from Sept. 20, 2001, speech): "The enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them. Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida, but it will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other ... they stand against us because we stand in their way. We're not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They're the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions, they follow in the path of fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way to where it ends in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies. We will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."
To state that the Afghanistan/Iraq wars were unjustified is a disservice to our veterans who've lost their lives protecting America from militant Islamism.