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Posted: Friday, November 7, 2003 10:00 pm | Updated: 6:36 pm, Wed May 16, 2012.

I agree with Chet Diestel's column on the opinion page, that we must reject isolationism, but comparing the isolationists of the 1930 to those of us who would like to get our people out of Iraq is ludicrous.

The Axis powers of Germany, Japan and Italy prior to World War II had a total population of 270 million and made it abundantly clear they wanted to conquer the entire world.

Iraq has a population of 25 million and was no direct threat to any country in the West.

As long as the terrorists know that killing our troops will stop Bush from being elected, the killing will continue.

Most people can't fathom how much money $85 billion is, but it's my opinion that that amount could be better spent here at home to build nuclear power plants in every state and create a alternate source of oil, and salvage our own infrastructure.

At the same time, it would put the 10 million people back to work. At the turn of the century, I was delighted with the surplus in funds we had as a nation and that we would leave our children and grandchildren in good shape, but instead they will be paying for this giveaway for the rest of their lives.

I continue to return to the root cause of the problems we are having today in the Middle East: When in 1948 the U.N. voted to partition the nation of Palestine to create a homeland for the Jews, we had to know that was like mixing water with oil.

The Arab League formed to fight this move, but it could not compete with the modern weapons that were supplied to the Jews by the U.S. so it turned to terrorism.

It makes me angry to think most of our representatives on Capital Hill go along with this bankrupting of the U.S.

We must learn to keep our hands off and allow citizens of other countries determine their own future.

Walter White

Lodi

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