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Exercises in wartime logic

Thank you, John Larson (Public Forum, Jan. 9), for explaining why we went to war in Iraq. Larson states, "Saddam Hussein's thirst (also means urge) for killing Americans was too strong to ignore."...

Thank you, John Larson (Public Forum, Jan. 9), for explaining why we went to war in Iraq. Larson states, "Saddam Hussein's thirst (also means urge) for killing Americans was too strong to ignore."

I haven't heard about our former ally's urge to harm us, but he could have had this in the back of his mind. This could be the only reason why we went to war that hasn't been proved false. After all these years, I finally know why we are in Iraq.

I was always under the impression someone actually had to do something against us for us to go to war. Now they only have to think about causing harm to us for us to take action. Thank you for clearing this up for me. I can't believe I was so brain-washed into thinking otherwise.

If I understand this logic correctly, if I'm thinking of running a stop sign in my car, but don't, I'm just as guilty as doing it and the police can still issue me a ticket. For some reason, I think I'll have a hard time explaining this logic to my third-grade granddaughter. Everyone sees things in a little different way; yours appears quite different from mine.

I was under the impression the first President Bush used a little more common sense in fighting Desert Storm. You regret his decision to not remove Saddam Hussein at this time. Either way, our opinions seem similar, only directed at different members of the Bush family. Our object wasn't just to kill or get rid of Hussein (we didn't need to invade the country to do this) but it was our need to control their government. And I guess you can believe any version on this also.

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I appreciate your military service. You, Warren Crackel and I have accomplished something our current president was unwilling to do. There I go again -- I guess my thinking on someone who went AWOL also needs adjusting. I also know other people who believe going AWOL is something to be admired. I guess it's just a generational thing that the people in my era missed.

Lelyn Minkel

New London

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