The capture of Saddam Hussein, according to The Sunday London Express (December 14, 2003), was engineered through a deal between U.S. forces and the Kurdish Patriotic Front, who are to receive "political advantage" in the region.
The Kurds control a region in which the fundamentalist Sunni Muslims predominate, the same branch to which the Ayatollah Kohmeni of Iran and Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden belong.
It should also be recalled that Saddam Hussein was previously an ally of the U.S. against Soviet (and fundamentalist) expansion in the region.
Have U.S. policies once again created the conditions for future problems?
Patricia W. Scott
Clinton and Iraq
The Bush administration proudly points to the Clinton administration as proof that they were not alone in believing Iraq had WMDs. Well, yeah, but Clinton did not take this country into a war. Iraq was contained and there were many more options available to us in order to keep Saddam rendered harmless. Don't tell me we went to war with Saddam because he was evil unless you' re prepared to wage a preemptive strike on who knows how many other countries who don't measure up to our standards. What was President Bush complaining about during the last election when he accused Gore of "nation building"?
Can you imagine the fit the Republicans would be having right now if President Clinton had attacked Iraq for the same flimsy reasons given by W and over 500 American lives were lost? Had that happened at least the Republicans would have had a legitimate reason to impeach Clinton.
An enlightening day
Yesterday was an enlightening day for me. I had the pleasure of visiting a delightful foster home. The spirit about the place was loving and safe. Unfortunately while I was there a message was received from a metro county placing the children, that there was no money left in their budget for a clothing allowance for the children. I also happened to arrive home just in time for the 6:00 news and heard stories of two "exciting" developments. The first was Mayor Kelly of St. Paul disclosing a plan for a new baseball stadium that will compete with ten other proposals for the governor's examination. The second was the president's "exciting commitment" to place a manned (humanned?) space station on the moon and to send a manned exploration to Mars.
Both of these gentlemen have pledged not to raise taxes. Both have made great political use of their credentials as Evangelical Christians and of this being a nation based on Christian principles. I'm not sure which Christian principles are guiding these "exciting" proposals: "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's?" Or "Lord, when was it we saw you...naked and gave you clothing?" The king will answer, "Just as you did to one of the least of these who are members of my family..." I'm just curious.
A disturbing story
I found your article "Workers Wanted" very disturbing. Americans tend to worry about today and never think about what will happen tomorrow. Politicians know this and often make bad proposals to get reelected. I am an old man and I have never seen any politician show less concern than Bush, with the problems he is causing our children and future generations.
First he loses 3 million manufacturing jobs over seas. Then Bush proposes to take overtime away from those in higher paying jobs. This reduces the need for additional employees. Now Bush is trying to hold down prices by bringing in foreign workers to replace Americans.
We are supposed to be a capitalistic society where supply and demand determines prices. If demand exceeds supply, then you increase the price until a balance is reached. There are no jobs Americans would not take if a living wage was paid. I have done roofing and I agree that the job is "...Dirty, exhausting, dangerous work..." and it is a crime to expect employees to do it for only $6.50 an hour which the "Texas" company is paying Mexican workers. Under Bush's proposals a contractor could force carpenters, plumbers, and electricians to accept minimum wages or replace them with foreigners.
Should nursing homes be allowed to bring in Philippine nurses so they do not have to raise wages? Should restaurants be allowed to bring in foreigners so they don't have to pay employees a living wage? So what if higher prices drive some restaurants out of business in order for supply to equal demand. That is the capitalistic system and taxpayers should not be subsidizing businesses by covering the additional cost of schools and other social programs caused by bringing in foreign workers.
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