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Food for thought

I once fantasized having the wisdom of Solomon when reaching my present maturity level, but unfortunately, still have more questions than answers. The following are questions seldom heard or answered to my satisfaction.

• Assuming Iraq and other Middle East countries had some form of democracy; what benefits would Americans receive from this change?

• Would having a democracy in Iraq be worth money spent, plus American and Iraqi casualties? Will this be cost effective for the average American?



• Has the capture of Saddam affected America’s freedom? Was he really a threat to our freedom?

• Will Afghanistan ever have a real democracy anywhere but in Kabul without the protection of our military?




• The administration and media are about to raise the “Mission Accomplished Banner” because Arafat died (resulting, in an election), Iraqis have purple middle fingers, and Lebanon will have an election that may result in another civil war. Is this banner again premature?

• With the press a button we could turn these countries into heaps of ashes. Would these countries be foolish enough to use WMD against us? Remember Hiroshima?

Don Cooks

Nevada City


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