In response to: "Iraq resolution correct" in the Feb. 21 Steamboat Today:
With all due respect to the letter writer, which I truly mean, the only point I can agree with you on is the valor, training, sacrifice and dedication of our armed forces which are second to none in the world.
The primary misunderstanding of our president's unwavering dedication to prevailing in Iraq no longer has to do with weapons of mass destruction but what Islam dictates in the Quran to all Muslims as is their goal and destiny to bring the world totally under the domination of Allah and the Quran. They came close twice before.
I would suggest all who truly want to understand the importance of our mission in Iraq and the Mideast make a study of the Quran. I have and found along the way that one has to be very careful of the sources, keeping in mind that there are millions of Internet sites which are extremely sophisticated and seductive in their appeal to Western readers by spinning facts and using selective quotes.
Having said that, I will offer my comments on the remaining points set forth in the subject letter. "The majority of Americans disapprove of the war and/or the troop escalation." I thank God that President Bush does not conduct foreign policy by the polls. Neither did President Lincoln nor President Roosevelt, who were very unpopular at their time of war but history now reveres them, hindsight being perfect. History has not been kind to Neville Chamberlain's infamous "peace in our time" proclamation relating to the appeasement of Hitler. I firmly believe history will judge President Bush in the same manner as Lincoln and Roosevelt whether we prevail or pullout before the job has been done. He understood what hung in the balance and refused to play politics from the polls, which others are doing very effectively.
I will try to briefly comment on the remaining thoughts of the author concerning the aftermath of an early withdrawal:
A. Our friends throughout the world would question our resolve, as the world's greatest power, to come to their aid if threatened, as we have so many times. Unfortunately our European allies have neither the will nor the power for confrontation with a determined enemy.
B. Of course, the powerful Muslim terrorist groups throughout the world will be greatly emboldened in their dedicated desire to conquer the world for Islam. For this basic reason, failure is not an option or our children and grandchildren will certainly pay terrific consequences.
C. "President is putting our troops in harm's way" which is the unpleasant task that any responsible president has to make at times no matter what the polls say.
D. "If you can't stand failure, don't start the war." As I've said before, I don't believe the President and his advisers realized the depth of the Islamic religion, its edicts and dedication to the death. But, with what we now know and see, withdrawing prematurely is not a reasonable alternative. It would be far better to continue the resolution of radical Islam in Iraq rather than later throughout the Middle East, Europe and then North America. This is especially true as more Islamic nations get nuclear weapons.
E. Lastly, you stated "they hate the idea of our being in land they consider holy." The land was also holy to Jehovah God of the Jews many thousands of years before the Quran was ever written.
In my opinion, the reasons the majority of Western Europe and America has turned against the war is as follows: First, they have never seriously studied or looked at the real Quran and its dictates. Keeping in mind that Islam has twice conquered the Mideast, Africa and a significant part of Western Europe in the past 1500 +/- years and they have never forgotten or gotten over their final defeats in France and Austria. Secondly, Western Europe and America have become so comfortable and self absorbed in abundance and freedoms, that they don't wish to have it disturbed by the ugliness of war, which comes to us every day on the TV, no matter what the reason.
May God bless you and America.