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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2002 10:00 pm

Keep out of Iraq.

It is not our business what kind of government any other country has. Who elected us the policemen of the world?

For more than 40 years, we were face to face with the Soviet Union, each aware that one mistake would be the end of civilization and neither willing to make the fateful pre-emptive strike.

The people of this country must be shown there is no other way out, and Congress must approve such action, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Iraq has a population of only 20 million people and is no direct threat to the United States. Saddam Hussein has already learned that the whole world would be against him if he were to use chemicals again.

Not too long ago, this country had the largest surplus in history. Not only has that vanished, but we are again now in the red to the tune of $400 billion, including the $135 billion that was borrowed from the Social Security fund. Isn't that what is called "cooking the books?"

This country is in big trouble, what with Sept. 11, the war on terrorism and the crooked CEOs throwing the stock market into a nose dive. We can ill afford the expense of going to war with Iraq.

Exactly what are we doing?

I just returned from Germany and it is doing great, but why have we had troops there and in Japan since World War II? We also have our forces scattered all around the world.

It is forecast from Capitol Hill that war with Iraq would cost untold billions and our troops could get stuck there for up to 20 years. All that money would go a long way to help members of "The Greatest Generation" get an affordable prescription drug program and help fix our own failing infrastructure, such as our crumbling bridges throughout the country.

Finally, I can hear people all over this country screaming, when they see pictures of women and children lying dead on the streets of Baghdad, because of "collateral damage" from our so-called smart bombs.

The Europeans and the League of Arab Nations should handle Saddam Hussein, not the United States.

Walter White Lodi

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