Re­treat­ing in Iraq would be a mis­take

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Would­some­one­ex­plain­totheDemocrats,and all lib­er­als who ad­vo­cate our de­feat in Iraq, that by run­ning away from the bat­tle at a time when we­seem­tobe­mak­ing­pro­gress­would­bea­grave mis­take. The dam­age to our pres­tige would be enor­mous. It would em­bolden the ter­ror­ists and de­mor­al­ize our troops. It would five the im­pres­sion to the fam­i­lies who have lost loved ones that they died for noth­ing. Iran, a ter­ror­ist coun­try, would be the win­ner and con­trol the whole area. The price of oil would sky­rocket and the ter­ror­istswould­haveanew­train­ing­base.Youmay­hate Pres­i­dent Bush, and not agree with the rea­son we went to war in Iraq, but to leave in de­feat should not be an al­ter­na­tive. It's deja vu all over again. In Viet­nam, when we were win­ning ev­ery bat­tle in spite of the mi­cro­man­age­ment of the war from Wash­ing­ton, we gave up and left the bat­tle­field in de­feat. Thou­sands of Viet­namese were mur­dered soon af­ter the last he­li­copter left. Let's not do it again.

As Douglas MacArthur once said, “There is no sub­sti­tute for vic­tory.”

We can de­feat ter­ror­ism, but it will be a long war.

We are fight­ing brain­washed mon­sters who are will­ing to kill women and chil­dren for their cause and who are anx­ious to die so they can go to par­adise and 72 vir­gins. Where are the good Mus­lims? Do they agree with the ter­ror­ists? They should be de­nounc­ing them in loud voices through­out the world. Ger­ard La­Bossiere Mesquite, Ne­vada

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