Let’s not Iraq Iran

Shortly after 9/11 we were told by the Bush administration that Iraq was a threat to America and that Saddam had a nuclear bomb. Bush told us Saddam Hussein had aluminum pipes and yellow cake. Since then we have spent billions on a war that can’t be won, a war that has destroyed Iraq, killed more than 600,000 Iraqis, killed more than 3,000 US soldiers, killed at least 77 journalists and maimed thousands.

Prior to the war in Iraq, we were told by the Bush administration that Osama Bin Laden was a threat to the US. We carpet-bombed Afghanistan killing thousands of civilians and maiming many more with cluster bombs. Bush has given up the hunt for Bin Laden. He no longer wants him “dead or alive.” Bush recently said, “I truly am not that concerned about him.”

Now the Bush administration has turned its attention to Iran. The Bush administration is again telling us that Iran poses a nuclear threat to the US. They are beating the drums of war and stirring up fear. If war hasn’t worked in Afghanistan or Iraq, why would it work in Iran? Wouldn’t this just give people in the Middle East another reason to hate us, add to anti-American sentiment and increase the risk of future terrorist attack? Wouldn’t it be smarter and better to wage peace?

Virginia Pratt
Jamaica Plain

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