nk you for the thought-provoking guest column by Henry T. Edmondson on March 9, "There are no shortcuts to solving the issue of Iraq's disarmament." It is indeed time for the United States to re-evaluate which countries we look to for alliance and moral approval. As Dr. Edmondson pointed out, Eastern Europe has significant reason to be leery of the United Nations. So does the United States.
As far as the cost of the war, the moral aspect is very clear. To quote Dr. Edmondson, "And what is the lost value of a mutilated leg, a disfigured face or a shattered soul?" In a very real sense, war had already been under way in Iraq. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein inflicted heavy casualties for years in a war against his own people. President George W. Bush is moving in the right moral direction, by his unrelenting insistence on Iraq's disarmament and the dire need for the removal of Saddam Hussein.
Thanks again for the great commentary by one of Augusta's own. Dr. Edmondson should be featured more often!
Joe Beck, Augusta
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