Why print factually incorrect letters?

As tired as Mr. Bourget is “of hearing all the negative comments about the war in Iraq” (Letter to the Editor 3/23/6 and added to the end of this email), I am equally tired of the endless misinformation about the connections between Iraq and 9/11. Mr. Bourget’s piece is passionate and well-articulated. However, his comparison of Pearl Harbor and WWII to 9/11 and Iraq is misleading and as dangerous as the negative comments he himself laments.

On September 11, 2001 fifteen Saudis (the remaining four came from Eqypt, Lebanon and the UAE) attacked the United States. None were Iraqi. Since the terrorists trained in Afghanistan, we had a direct link to justify our subsequent invasion of Afghanistan. But not Iraq. In July of 2004, the bipartisan 9/11 Commission issued its report and declared there is no evidence of a connection between 9/11 and Iraq (source The Congressional GAO http://www.gpoaccess.gov/911/index.html). Bourget’s regurgitation of incorrect information is irresponsible. Bourget calls on others to “stop playing ‘What if?’ games,” yet his plays the most dangerous game of ‘what if’ Iraq had something to do with 9/11.

I love this country and I support our troops. I worry and pray for both the troops and the civilians of Iraq. But do not use emotional games of misinformation to engender support for an unjust war. Furthermore, I also question the motives of the editors who choose to print factually incorrect letters.

In response to:
War in Iraq can be lost by sapping morale
01:00 AM EST on Thursday, March 23, 2006 ProJo
I am tired of hearing all the negative comments about the war in Iraq. We should be supporting our troops, and not commenting on a civil war that has not happened.
By saying that civil war is inevitable, we bring down the morale of the troops, and raise the morale of the insurgents. Now that Iraq is not under dictatorship, it has more access to what the American news agencies are reporting. So, unless it is factual, it should not be said.
I am also tired of politicians’ and news media’s comparing this war to Vietnam. I think it should be compared to World War II.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese launched an unprovoked attack on U.S. naval forces in Pearl Harbor. The Japanese killed 2,403 people that morning.The United States went to war to remove a dictator, Adolf Hitler, and to avenge the loss by declaring war on Japan. The war lasted about four years, costing about 300,000 soldiers’ lives, with another 300,000 wounded. American support never wavered, and the war ended with a victory.
On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists launched an unprovoked attack on New York City and Washington. The World Trade Center was not a military target; it employed civilians. The Pentagon is a military facility but also employs civilians. If reports are correct, Flight 93 was supposed to hit the White House and kill more civilians. The terrorists killed 2,967 people that morning, the majority of them civilians. (That is 564 more than Pearl Harbor.) The United States went to war to remove terrorists, and sever their support from host countries.
At this point, we are three years in Iraq and have lost 2,317 soldiers, and another 17,004 have been wounded. We are still in a winning situation and will win, if we support instead of criticize. The only way we will lose is if the media and politicians undermine public support with their negative tone.
President Bush declared war on terrorism and is fighting it. His polls are dropping because he is not playing politics; he is doing what needs to be done.
Let’s support our troops and our president and stop playing “What if?” games. Let’s show support, so this war can end in victory for us and the world.
MARK BOURGET
West Warwick

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