My February 2, 2006 Letter to the Editor

(about Bush II's State of the Union Speech)

by Tim Horrigan

February 2, 2006

Here is a letter which I wrote in the wee hours of the morning on February 1, 2006, in response to President Bush's State of the Union speech. It was published by my local paper— Foster's Daily Democrat of Dover, NH— on February 2.

Bush's speech misses the point

To the editor:

In his State of the Union Speech, President Bush gave a simple rationale for the war in Iraq: "On September the 11th, 2001, we found that problems originating in a failed and oppressive state 7,000 miles away could bring murder and destruction to our country. Dictatorships shelter terrorists, and feed resentment and radicalism, and seek weapons of mass destruction."

However, the dictatorship whose problems actually led to 9-11 was Saudi Arabia (a U.S. ally.) Another U.S. ally, Pakistan, was the dictatorship which was seeking weapons of mass destruction. And it was the United States itself which harbored the 9-11 hijackers (most of whom entered the country legally) while they put together their terrorist plot.

Admittedly, it is true that Saddam's Iraq was a dictatorship. But this alone does not justify the violence we have done to the Iraqi people, any more than Bush's own tyrannical tendencies justify the violence done to thousands of innocent Americans on 9-11.

Timothy Horrigan


See also:

The Forgotten Liars