Letters to the Editor

Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 1:00am

War with Iraq not self-defense


Cokie Roberts and Steven Roberts stated that a nation has not only a right but also a duty to act in self-defense (Feb. 28, "U.N.'s future depends on the Security Council vote," p. 2). That is true, but I take issue with them.

War with Iraq would not be a war of self-defense. Iraq has not attacked us, and we have no definite proof that it intends to attack us. Therefore, we have no justification to attack Iraq.



Bush should keep on Reagan warpath


In 1982, nearly 1 million people gathered in New York City's Central Park to call for an unconditional nuclear freeze. Alarmed by then-President Ronald Reagan's decision to deploy theater nuclear weapons in Western Europe, the protesters argued that the United States should "give peace a chance" and trust the Soviets to respond in kind.

Reagan, whom the protesters derided as a warmonger, would not back down, and Pershing II missiles were deployed across West Germany. Within seven years, the Soviet Union collapsed, Eastern Europe was finally liberated, and Reagan's decision to ignore the cacophonous pleadings of the nuclear-freeze crowd was vindicated.

Fast forward to 2003. Radical Islamist regimes have replaced the Soviet Union as America's greatest threat. On Sept. 11, 2001, 3,000 Americans perished in the first direct attack on the nation since Pearl Harbor.

Declaring all-out war on terrorists and terrorist-sponsoring regimes, President Bush has deployed troops in the Persian Gulf in an effort to oust the tyrannical dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. Once again, protesters have taken to the streets urging the United States to "wage peace" - this time on a global scale.

Today's peace protesters, who are well meaning but ill-informed, do not appreciate the significance of an occupied Iraq. For the first time, U.S. troops will be able to threaten the radical Islamic state of Iran on two fronts. In addition, U.S. troops will be within striking distance of Damascus, Syria. If Iraq, Iran and Syria are forced to democratize, the global terrorist network will lose its three main benefactors. Radical Islam, and those who kill in its name, will then suffer an ignominious defeat.

Hopefully, President Bush will emulate Reagan and pay the various anti-war protesters no heed. The peaceniks were wrong in 1982, and they're wrong now.



Fearful of moral decay, not Saddam


I must not fail to express my appreciation for the stand you took on the moral content of advertising in The City Paper as written in your editorial "Does media have moral code on X-rated ads?" (Feb. 17).

I am not fearful that al-Qaeda, Saddam Hussein or any other foreign member of an "evil axis" will bring down the United States, but I am worried that we will destroy our country from within by the rapid deterioration of moral values.

Thank you and God bless you.



Impact French with spend, spoil policy


Although I was unable to attend the event, I appreciate your newspaper letting us know that Steve Gill would be smashing a Peugeot Friday morning (Feb. 28, "Smashing a Peugeot for peace part of rally," p. 5). If more Americans would purchase French automobiles and destroy them, we could probably make an impact on the French economy.



Rent-a-cops need new uniforms


I live at Trevecca Towers on Murfreesboro Road. The rent-a-cops escorting funerals are like kids trying out every possible sound on Christmas Day. When the real police escort, they do it with dignity - no bells, buzzers, whoop-whoop, or any other sound they can make.

Does anybody control these rent-a-cops? If not, they should! I also don't think they should wear anything resembling our real police officers' uniforms. The police have a tough enough job without people thinking they are rent-a-cops.

So will the Metro Council please stop the uniform copy and make them wear something different (maybe yellow)?



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