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AFGHANISTAN: U.S. withdrawal would be irresponsible

Letter by Don Wilbur, University Place on July 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm | 23 Comments »
July 6, 2010 1:02 pm

Re: “Afghanistan: Vague words or vague thinking” (editorial, 7-1).

The administration is vague on the withdrawal date of July 2011. Apparently Vice President Joe Biden wants out now while our president is vague on the reality of the date.

Vague would be a good strategy if our terrorist enemies were told we are committed to defeating them. As the editorial noted, Biden and his followers on the left have forgotten 9/11.

The left seems to believe a Taliban return to power with militant Islamic law would be confined to Afghanistan. This logic defies modern history, especially as practiced by the current Iranian leaders’ religious fanaticism.

It is Islamic fanaticism that has supported terrorism throughout the world. Also, Iran is aggressively developing nuclear missiles.

In WWII the allies were weak militarily and philosophically and millions died as the result of Nazi and Japanese fanaticism. The fanatics almost overwhelmed the west with their military might. Although weak militarily, current fanatics can dominate the world with nuclear missiles.

he left believes the Afghanistan war is irresponsible as it wastes our warriors’ lives and American resources. On the contrary, it is irresponsible to lose Afghanistan to the Taliban until an honest analysis is made of the consequences. A real consequence is the West facing nuclear missiles in the hands of unstable fanatics.

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