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History will tell if Iraq was liberated

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I have considered taking your paper on a daily basis as I did several years ago. Being purchased by Black Press has brought hope that your editorial page will be changed from being ultra leftist to being at least objective.
I read your Tuesday editorial on the Iraq war, "Legacy of a long, sad war." The writer obviously has never been any more than a desk jockey. As a Vietnam-era vet who served with combat veterans, I find the editorial repulsive enough to want to box the writer's wimpy ears off. As a fat old man I have no doubt that I could achieve my objective.
My father and uncles served during World War II, some fought hand to hand. My late father-in-law served during the Korean conflict. We lost more Americans on Iwo Jima and/or Okinawa than we did in Iraq. My next door neighbor's son was killed in action delivering the freedoms that we allowed the nation of Iraq, and my wife and I watched in horror as the news was delivered to Mathew's mother. Our daughter, who served on an aircraft carrier, still has issues from the war.
History will decide if we liberated millions from a tyrant and gave them the freedom that every child, woman and man deserves. It remains to be seen if the Iraqis will be intelligent enough to emerge as a true democracy.
My point, you whine about oil and the weapons of mass destruction, which Saddam used.
We have given hope to millions in nations that have never been able to choose leaders through, hopefully, free elections. Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and in the near future Syria would still be under dictators if the United States didn't have the courage to send our troops in harms' way. Nigeria and South Sudan would not be where they are, miserable as they may seem, with Mali being taken over if not for the French with our support.
I will become a happy subscriber if Black Press management brings some balance to your editorials. My wife and I miss your sports, outdoors and local news.
Jim Marquart
Camano Island

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