Give Iraq back to Iraqis

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2004

Recently, a person sent you a letter calling our war in Iraq a "righteous war." I would say it is more of a self-righteous war. Being self-righteous is when you believe yourself to be absolutely correct and view those who disagree with you as being benighted heathens. Self-righteousness is composed of arrogance and often a feeling that one is obliged to save those who don't share one's beliefs. Self-righteousness can be ascribed to most evangelical Christians in this country and to most fundamentalist Jews and fundamentalist Muslims throughout the world. For some reason, the golden rule of "love thy neighbor as thyself" is morphed by fundamentalists into "praise the lord and pass the ammunition."

We now have an evangelical, self-righteous president in the White House. He's influenced by an ultra-conservative, bellicose vice-president and a team of radical, neo-conservative ideologues. The president may think he is helping out the Iraqis by bringing them his version of democracy and the American way, but is that all there is to it?

In order to start the war with Iraq, President Bush told us we were in imminent danger because Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. When no WMDs were found, the justification became that we invaded Iraq to free Iraqis from a tyrant.

Well, we've freed Iraq from a tyrant, so why don't we stop killing Iraqis, leave Iraq and give Iraqis the jobs they need to rebuild their country rather than paying Americans huge salaries to do so? I'll bet a lot of other countries would help under that scenario.

The Iraqis realize there is no free lunch and that we are there for our own less publicized reasons. These reasons are to control oil resources in the Middle East and build U.S. bases in Iraq to dominate the region. We haven't left because we want to control oil and we don't want Iraq to become a fundamentalist Islamic state like Iran. Iraq can only have "democracy" on the terms of the American elite who decide who will be reliable, cooperative stooges in the Iraqi government. The Iraqis see right through this. If the U.S. went there to liberate Iraqis, it should give them back their country and let them decide their own future.

Lisle Hebert


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