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Response to Sharna Fetman

Reader comment on item: Why the Left Loves Osama [and Saddam]

Submitted by Daniel Bairey (United States), Mar 24, 2003 at 02:16

Many would surely agree that this struggle lacks a dimension of diplomacy and true leadership. The war or threat of war should be part of a strategy with many elements, which include the support of Europeans (and the American Liberal and/or Left) in applying effective pressure for these regimes to change.

I believe Mr. Pipes' comments address themselves to the need to curb regimes like Sadam's and oppose the goals of the likes of Osama Bin Laden. This should be important so that the people that the left is so endeared to get a chance to better themselves. The major question is why there is not more support for the goals of this effort.

So if those who oppose the war support the goal of bettering the lot of the Iraqi people and ridding the world of a dangerous madman and the weapons he has developed, why don't they actively support an effective alternative?

It does not seem like the policies pursued for the past 12 years have been all that effective. I would welcome sugestions for true and effective alternatives from students of History.
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