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Letter: Bush's decisions were supported by many


The column "Decisions decided by the decider" by Will Durst is truly despicable. He has illustrated in his column that he has only prejudice and little comprehension of the bases of decisions made by President G.W. Bush. First of all, the interrogation techniques of the terrorists were reviewed by the Department of Justice and CIA lawyers, and not by "a guy," as stated by Durst. Also, waterboarding, which simulated drowning, is not torture as there is complete recovery by the subject, without cuts, bruises, missing fingers, broken limbs and etc. The definition of torture is "the act of inflicting severe pain."

What Durst cannot comprehend is if the captured terrorists had not identified other terrorists and planned acts of terror, how many more acts of terror would have been committed? How many more lives would have been lost?

There were 420 house members, 98 senators, several other nations, along with President G.W. Bush for going into Iraq. So is it just President G.W. Bush that is a war criminal, as implied by Durst?

I understand constructive criticism, but Durst has demonstrated his lack of objective thinking, his micro-intellect and bitterness in his column.

Jerry Fowler


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