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Fight now or later

A recent columnist stated that our core beliefs can predispose our position on events and history. Some clear glasses, neither red nor blue, provide a greater insight.

Columnist Schwalm’s suggestion that I have a history problem negates the idea that we should learn from history. Appeasement has never worked, i.e., WWI and WWII. Should we opt for massive wars or opponents with 10,000 nukes before action is taken?

Terrorists having their way in many nations, dictators promoting genocide and a world body that was not prone to respond. In the past, history has shown that small incursions lead to huge consequences. Iraq was a growing threat with indications that it was hiding WMDs and not fully cooperating with the United Nations.

A no-nonsense approach has Libya denouncing terrorism. Saudi Arabia is starting to see the light. Syria has recently returned some Baathists to face the music, and Iraq with a new government has hope.

North Korea is starting to come to the table. How were these gains made?

When diplomacy fails, hard decisions must be made, and I don’t believe that any evidence will show that this is an “Oil War” brought about by Bush.

John Howard

Nevada County

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