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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:08 AM
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Local paper prints my letter. YEEHAA!
(Maybe it's time to get an unlisted phone number?)

For want of a nail...
You know the old fable.
For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the battle was lost.
And so on.

Getting just one little thing wrong can come to be very important.
Getting something really big wrong can come to have catastrophic results.

Here's a simple reverse chain of events:

Why was Mr. Berg executed? His executioners said because the occupying authorities would not negotiate to release prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison. They had attempted to use their hostage as a bargaining chip. You can take their statement at face value or not.

Why was Mr. Berg in Iraq? He said to help rebuild the infrastructure.

Why did the infrastructure need rebuilding? A large part of it had been destroyed by the invading occupiers.

Why did the United States invade and occupy Iraq? This is either very complicated or very simple.
What we were told (in more or less chronological order):

1. Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction and would absolutely, definitely use them against us. After all, Saddam had used them against his own people so it logically(?) followed that he would have no compunctions about using them against us. He was a direct and imminent threat to our safety and well being. The image of mushrooms clouds in the U.S. were conjured up.
2. When inspectors from some of the most technologically advanced nations in the world failed to find WMDs, we were told that even though the actually physical evidence wasn't there, that there were "programs" in existence for the development of same.
3. When evidence of these programs did not surface, we were told there were "plans" for these programs.
4. When that failed to convince many of us of a need to invade Iraq, we were told that Saddam was a monster and a tyrant and that we needed to liberate his people. Why "we" chose to topple Saddam, out of all the other tyrannical, monstrous dictators in the world was not explained.
5. The fact that Iraq has considerable quantities of oil, of which we are in dire need, was not talked about too much. Besides, Iraq's oil would go to pay for the war and the rebuilding of their infrastructure, which we destroyed. That was about 100 billion dollars ago.

On September 11, 2001, nineteen foreign terrorists attacked the United States.
There were 15 Saudis, 1 Egyptian, 1 Lebanese, and 2 from the Union of Arab Emirates.
Even so, we did not see fit to invade Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, or the UAE.
There was not a single Iraqi on board. A direct connection between Al Quaida and Iraq has never been established.
Nevertheless, off we went.

So...if we had not invaded Iraq, Mr. Berg would be alive, as would nearly 800 of our soldiers, and countless thousands of Iraqis. Thousands of men and women, American and Iraqi, would still have all of their body parts. And we would be a hundred billion dollars (and counting) to the good.
What have we gained? That's a very good question.

Massey Lambard
Foley, AL

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:10 AM
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1. excellent yallerdawg
:bounce:
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scarletlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:10 AM
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2. Great letter
What paper?
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:11 AM
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3. Foley Alabama Onlooker
Little small town bi-weekly in the heart of repug county.
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:12 AM
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4. Great letter!!!
I am glad they printed this, congrats!
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:13 AM
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5. Fabulous letter. I hope it gets some Repukes to thinking.
But in the meantime, I think you should change your phone number.
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linazelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:15 AM
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6. Great letter--lead the sheeple back to the where the real blame lays
at BushCo's door.
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anarchy1999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:16 AM
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7. All I can say is, I stand in awe! You made the print media.
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:17 AM by anarchy1999
Everyone send this out far and wide! Kudos to you Massey! Great letter, in addition, the editors chose to share it with the common man!

sadly on edit: It would never happen in Texas, especially Dallas.
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Qanisqineq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:17 AM
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8. Good job!
I hope it makes a few people reconsider their position.
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:19 AM
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9. Congrats
Great letter.
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childslibrarian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:21 AM
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10. Good letter...
very well written. Congrats.
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:21 AM
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11. Wonderful letter!
The sad thing is that, last year when I protested, in my mind's eye I could see the misery that was to come. But Shrub and Co wouldn't listen to me or the millions who marched against war around the world.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:33 AM
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12. Thanks to all, and some background:
Gulf Coast Newspapers publishes in four little towns in the area.
Three or four years ago they were sold to a new owner.
Prior to that, they were very right wing. Now they actually seem to be leaning left. They've published some editorials by Jim Hightower, and they've published every letter I've sent them.
Us progressives may actually be making some progress.
:bounce:
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scarletlib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:43 AM
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13. Congratulations and keep on writing
Every letter published is a chance to open someone's eyes and mind to the truth.

You are a hero.
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:57 AM
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14. Wonderful LTTE
I love reading letters like these, and I always like reading your posts, too, trof.

Trof, I think you still have time to edit your post so you can remove your name. It's a mighty dangerous world we live in today. Please think about removing it, or ask the admins to do it in case it's beyond the editing window period.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:07 PM
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15. Thanks for your concern.
I had a similar comment when I put this up on DU prior to its being published.
I'm too old and too pissed to worry about it.
In the words of our esteemed CinC, "Bring 'em on".
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southlandshari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:36 PM
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16. You make me proud to be an Alabamian!
And that is saying a lot after my first year back in my home state after 16 wonderful years of globetrotting. The past 12 months have been quite a re-introduction for me between the defeat of Amendment One (which no one outside Alabama ever heard about) and Roy Moore's antics (which, unfortunately, EVERYONE outside heard about).

Great work!
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