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Kerry the right vote

Considering the horrors in Beslan, I can’t shake the feeling that the rules of engagement have deteriorated, and that this can be traced to our invasion of Iraq. Previously, the U.S. (and by extension, the West) held the moral high ground, a position surrendered by prosecuting a war before exhausting other means.

Al-Qaida does not much distinguish one nation from another, as long as an attack disrupts the target’s internal structure and thereby its ability to form cohesive alliances. Removing the Taliban was right. Invading Iraq was reprehensible.

As a conservative, I urge all Americans to vote for John Kerry, because it is right. It is the only way to send a signal to the world that we regret the invasion of a nonhostile country, and that we are serious about building coalitions. Counter intuitively, the right thing to do in Iraq is to stay and rebuild the country to a condition better than the one in which we found it. This penance requires more tax dollars and lives, but is the only honorable exit strategy.

It is a sad commentary on our democratic structure that this letter might only have a measurable affect outside California, in a “swing” state.

Peter Krogh

Nevada City

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