U.S. invasions were often for worthy reasons

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Thomas Baxter in his letter to the editor of Jan. 23 making his argument that Iraqis are morally justified to kill our soldiers and civilian workers in Iraq because we are an invading force writes: "Never before have we as a country invaded a foreign land. Why now?"

You have to admit this certainly is an odd statement to come from a Vietnam vet.

Mr. Baxter apparently has never heard of Omaha Beach or "D Day" or, for that matter, of the occupation of Japan at the end of the Second World War. Heck, ask any liberal "peace activist" in Juneau and they'll tick off any number of sovereign nations we've invaded such as Haiti (to restore a liberal socialist to his legally elected position), Panama (to remove a violent drug-dealing thug), Grenada (to remove coup plotters so off the wall even Castro disowned them) or Tripoli ("Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute!").

Under Mr. Baxter's logic, rogue Nazi SS guerillas were well within their rights to kill American soldiers stationed in Germany as late as 1950. Mr. Baxter and his "peace activist" friends can believe whatever bitter self-hating fantasy they'd like about this nation, but common sense tells me we are doing our moral duty to continue the work of liberating the Iraqi and Afghan people from one of the cruelest dictators and most bizarre ruling oligarchy recent history has known.

Of course, you'll never read any objection by Mr. Baxter or his "peace activist" friends of Cuba's invasion of Angola in the 1970s, or the Soviet Union's invasion of Hungary in 1956, or Czechoslovakia in 1968 - or for that matter the 100 million or so murders carried out by a wide variety of Communist-led genocides of and in sovereign nations during the past century or so.

Unless, of course, the sovereign nation happens to be a cause celebre for the Hollywood crowd; i.e. Tibet - or if sweatshop sneakers are part of the mix (unless P. Diddy or Susan Sarandon find them fashionable at the time).

Richard Schmitz

Juneau



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