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Letter — Republican against war

I have been a conservative Republican most of my adult life. I strongly believe that conservative positions on both social and economic issues not only meet the test of common sense, but are morally correct and are in fact what has made our country great back to the time of the founding fathers.

That being said, it is therefore with dismay that I have to take issue with President Bush’s administrations stance on Iraq. I believe that starting a war with that country, given all the evidence we have at this point in time, is flat-out wrong.

There can be no doubt in any sane person’s mind that Saddam Hussein is a murderous tyrant and that the Middle East would be better off without him. But is that reason enough to wage war? Okay, Saddam has tinkered with chem/bio/nuclear toys in the past, so the U.N. inspectors go in and find-zip. But wait — Rumsfeld says that very lack of evidence is proof of Saddam’s deyslicity!

I just don’t buy the premise that Saddams’ regime is a threat to our national security. Just because we are the only superpower doesn’t mean we need to be the world’s policeman. We shouldn’t wrap the flag around this, or intone “war on terror.” I, for one, don’t want to see our servicemen lose their lives — and some will — or innocent Iraqi families bombed in a war that shouldn’t happen.

Larry Suydam

South Lake Tahoe

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