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U.S. critics demand civil rights most

Like a Tory in 1775, "peaceniks" protest when our country goes to war in the name of liberty.

The enemy is at our front door, and cowards critical of our war against terrorism cry the loudest for their rights and are the least willing to defend them.

We did not ask for Pearl Harbor or this war, the murder of thousands of Americans and billions of dollars of destruction. The war is against Islamic fundamentalists dedicated to murdering those they label infidels.

Islamic fanatics believe that only Islam has the blessing of God. They hate Jews and the support of Israel. Because we are a nation founded on the principles of Christianity and individual liberty, they condemn us for being a carnal nation.

Afghanistan's Endless War by author Larry Goodson relates to Afghanistan's troubled past. Military historian Victor Davis Hanson points out in Carnage and Culture that our wars relate to abolition of evil. Evil "isms" such as Nazism, Fascism and Japanese Imperialism lasted for 12 years. Oppressive Soviet Communism eliminated hundreds of years of oppressive monarchy. Like a worm-infested apple the U.S.S.R. collapsed because of oppressive corruption from within.

Why do so many around the world hate us when we have been the Good Samaritan and have not gone to war for territorial gain? Our foreign policy has been corrupt, and our enemies use our carnal, moral decay as an excuse to commit terror against us.

For every million "invested" in good causes we have "blown" billions on evil causes.

In Korea and Vietnam, we sacrificed thousands of young Americans yet failed to free the people of those nations. In the Gulf War we went to war against Saddam Hussein yet failed to free the Iraqi people.

William Blum's Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since W.W.II points out that the U.S. supplied Iraq with material for chemical and biological programs used against Iran and the Kurds. We exported $1 billion of nuclear components. President Carter aided both sides.

We supplied Iraq with chemicals that cause diseases attacking the lungs, brain, spinal cord and heart. In 1996, Newsday reported American Type Culture Collection in Maryland made 70 shipments of anthrax-causing agents. The New York Times reported in 1989 that Alcolac International of Baltimore and Nu Kraft Mercantile of Brooklyn made illegal shipments of thiodiglycol to make mustard gas. More than 4,000 Gulf War veterans have a billion-dollar lawsuit against U.S. companies that aided Iraq with weapons that caused the Gulf War Syndrome.

The root of the evil in our foreign policy has been dependency on Middle East oil. Our so-called Saudi Arabian allies, alone, supply us with 25 percent of our daily consumption.

Over the past 70 years, our foreign policy around the world has failed and returned to haunt us later. It is time for a change from a "money-can-solve-everything" policy to a policy of common sense!

(Thom Strawn was a political activist for 30 years, and is now a TV-radio talk show host in Prescott. Write to him at

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