Monica Owens” piece ‘We still need to fight,’ is, like so much
‘Bushspeak,’ at odds with reality.
Owens says the Taliban ‘brutally repressed’ their own people. In
fact, the United States gave the Taliban billions of dollars and
CIA help throughout the 1980s, effectively bringing them to
Owens says Saddam Hussein engaged in atrocities against his own
She fails to mention that he did so with our support and
approval. Saddam was a longtime ‘friend’ of the United States when
he engaged in his worst atrocities.
The United States hardly ‘liberated’ Iraq. It invaded, after
millions of people around the world took to the streets against us,
demanding the United States adhere to the most basic tenants of
international law. U.S. troops in Iraq constitute an occupying
invader, as witnessed by the continuing violence against U.S.
‘Bushspeak’ claims Iraq had weapons of mass destruction they
were about to use on our allies and us. The fact that former
weapons inspectors like Scott Ritter showed Iraq could not possibly
have those weapons did not deter Bush”s invasion. Neither did the
fact that the rest of the world believed none of it, or the fact
that Saddam submitted to inspection demands. We now know Bush”s
claims were a complete and deliberate lie.
Owens” title reads ‘We still need to fight.’ Surely we don”t
need to kill more innocent civilians in Afghanistan or Iraq. Bush
has done quite enough already. Instead, let”s fight to remove the
most corrupt and criminal administration in U.S. history.
Fort Collins resident