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It seems likely that the secret services of several countries exaggerated the quantity and quality of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. Maybe they had none. Does it really matter? Seventy years ago a madman seized power in Germany. He did not have weapons of mass destruction, but before he was stopped he had slaughtered millions of innocent men, women and children. The United States was greatly responsible in bringing that reign of terror to a halt. The cost? Over 291,000 casualties! And yet does anyone really think it wasn't worth it?

The situation is not that different today. Hussein had killed over 200,000 of his own people. He has killed over 300,000 Iranians in his invasion of their country. Over a 1,000 people of tiny Kuwait were murdered by his occupying forces. Yes, over 2,000 Americans have given their lives unseating him and keeping his followers from pushing their country into civil war. But because of their sacrifice the whole world is a safer place tonight. Sept. 11, 2001, should have taught us one thing, isolation doesn't work.

Roscoe McPherren

Bloomington

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