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Officeholders must respect citizens' rights to worship as they please, or even not worship at all. It might be good if every candidate had a personal relationship with their God, but being religious is not necessarily the most important quality candidates possess. They don't have to tell us how religious they are. We will know them by their fruits and policies.Skip to next paragraph
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Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
Occupation of Iraq unjustified
In response to the June 10 article, "Talks to keep US troops in Iraq provoke ire": What we are sitting on in Iraq is a lightning-fast, six-week war against a largely defenseless nation, followed by a bloody, five-year occupation. It has nothing in common, either in scale or magnitude, with World War II or the cold war. Therefore, the Bush administration's efforts to impose on Iraq "the same kind of agreement that governs the US military presence in South Korea, Japan, and Germany" could not be more inappropriate, misleading, or for that matter, myopic.
Apparently we have already forgotten the 1990 Persian Gulf war, in which a relatively small, residual force of 5,000 troops stationed in Saudi Arabia was enough to ignite the long fuse that exploded on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Iraq war has not been a cure for terrorism; it has been the unprecedented cause of it.
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