Phelps on 9-11

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The Colorado Freedom

The following letter was printed in the September 12 edition of the Rocky Mountain News.

Who are they and why do they hate us? What have we done to incur their wrath?

When we intervened in Vietnam, both sides came to hate us. When we intervened in Kuwait, the Arabs in other states besides Iraq came to hate us. And don't forget, we armed Iraq when we liked Saddam Hussein better than Iran. When we intervened in Kosovo we made more enemies. And in Kosovo it is now the Albanians who are committing atrocities against the Serbs.

Why do we intervene? Because we hate to see genocide, aggression, injustice, etc. But we must realize we can't right all the wrongs of the world.

Far be it from me to want to reward terrorists but, if we are doing the wrong things, we should stop doing them. And intervention in foreign disputes seems to be the wrong thing to do.

Of course I want to retaliate, but, unless we can assassinate just the terrorists, we will kill innocent people too. How about the innocent people who are dying in Iraq because of our embargo? How about the innocent people in Cuba who are suffering because of that embargo? Saddam and Fidel Castro are living high on the hog and don't seem to care how much their people suffer. But I care. Don't you?

Both the Republicans and the Democrats advocate intervention. Some day the people may see the wisdom of the Libertarian position that we avoid foreign entanglements.

James W. Phelps

The Colorado Freedom