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Reader comment on item: What If the United States Had Not Invaded Iraq

Submitted by Douglas Boggs (United States), Sep 13, 2005 at 01:13

The war effort lost united public suport when Bush-Powell and team wasted a year after Afghanistan in the quixotic attempt to bring peace between Israel and the Philistines.

I just saw a PBS special claiming that the roots of Arab and Muslim complaints against the West can be traced to British and allied mistakes in the wake of World War I. If so, how does one reconcile the fact that Arab & Berber attitudes toward the West are little changed since Jefferson conquered the Barbary pirates? The problem lies in the Koran itself....

I believe that Bush will go down as the leader that lost this war. His fatal error: Not asking for a formal declaration of war against militant Islam, Islamism, fundamentalist Islam, whatever term he chose, in September 2001, when he could have got anything he wanted. It is unlikely the world can recoup now with civilization intact.

Douglas Boggs
Kansas City

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