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

Submitted by Avram Kalisky (United States), Sep 13, 2005 at 15:56

Dear Mr. Pipes:

...There is also a middle way. In that case by now, Sadaam Hussein would have been eliminated by a home grown coup d'etat, or other revolutionary effort, Iraqis (Kurds, and all the other communities) would have instituted an Iraq that was interested in remaining whole without imposed foreign interference, and we would have the benefits you mention without all of the negatives.

The United States could have devoted more of its efforts to find Osama Ben Laden and weaken the Al-Quaida network. There would be 1900 more Americans alive and tens of thousands more able to live fully productive lives. And the United States would also have been able to improve the domestic programs that have left us unprepared for such natural disasters that sometimes occur in a non-perfect world.
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