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Submitted by gary fouse (United States), Jul 11, 2007 at 22:19

If I understand your first comment correctly, you seem to question why we would attack Iraq after 9-11 since Bin Laden was the mastermind, not Saddam. True enough, but what I was trying to say is that after having gone through 9-11, Bush was not willing to give Saddam the benefit of the doubt as pertains to WMD.

In your 2nd response, you explain why so many people want to come to the US. No argument here, except if one decides to immigrate to another country, they might think about that before they are so quick to condemn that country. I have lived in three other countries. I would never walk around on their soil and condemn them, their nation and leaders.

Your 3rd response recites some of the ills of our own society. Certainly true. But how does that excuse the wrongs that have been carried out against us in the name of Islam?

In your 4th response, you seem to say that we should let Islam clean up its own back yard (as I said they need to do), and detach ourselves from it. As long as they don't pose a threat to us, I say fine. Personally, I don't care what Muslims do to each other in their own countries. I do care when they come over here and target us. I don't think the life of one US soldier is worth the freedom of the whole Middle East. However, So far, I don't see any serious effort in the Middle East to remove the virus that threatens the rest of the World.

I guess what I am trying to say is the we have the right to defend ourselves, and unfortunately that means we have to confront terrorism, not just when it surfaces in the US, but where it is planning these acts. Not only the US, but also the entire civilized world should be joining in this effort.

The war we did not start was the war on terror. Our invasion of Afghanistan was in response to 9-11. That country and its government was providing sanctuary to Al Quaida, and we had every right to go in there. As for Iraq, reasonable people can disagree on the invasion and our rationale for being there now. But give Bush credit for one thing. He gave two countries the chance to live freely and be rid of two murderous regimes. If the Afghans and the Iraqis don't take advantage of it, then that is their fault.

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