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October 2, 2013

We've had enough of war

At the end of World War I, the world’s nations rested, but what we got for our efforts were Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany and Communist Russia.

Eventually this led to World War II. It was estimated 20 million people died, 6 million Jews were executed in gas chambers. Europe lay in waste. For all our efforts, what we got was the spread of communism in the world and our 40-year cold war with the USSR.

The term “mutual mass destruction” was coined as the United States and Russia faced off in their development of nuclear arsenals.

Then came our involvement in the Korean War. For all our efforts, we got a “truce,” still in the annals of our wars, and a nation, North Korea, with starving citizens but with nuclear weapons a threat to the Far East nations.

France left Vietnam to us and we lost 58,000 of our men to a war we could not win and we left with our tails wagging in the wind. As I write (Sept. 10) we can read about terror attacks in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt. We fought for 10 years in Iraq, lost 4,000-plus men and women, plus thousands without arms and legs. For whom and for what did we fight for? Iraq is not more stable or on the road to any form of a democracy.

In 2014 we will leave Afghanistan and as soon as we leave, the Taliban, the Northern Alliance and the tribal rule will bring chaos to the Afghan people once again.

For six years we supported Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran. For years we supported the Taliban and Osama bin Laden in the Afghan war against Russia. For whom and for what did we fight these wars?

In 1979, we aborted our support of the shah of Iran and now we have a nation creating havoc in the Middle East and on the road to a nuclear weapon.

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