A number of letter writers have expressed approval of the successful conquering of Iraq, sometimes coupling their praise with criticism of the United Nations.
President Bush justified the killing of more than 100 American servicemen and thousands of Iraqis as necessary for U.S. security. (Bush claims to be pro-life.) No weapons of mass destruction have been found, and, even if they had existed, no delivery system has been discovered that could reach the United States.
Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator, but did that give the United States, or any other nation, the authority to depose him? Iraq had failed to comply fully with U.N. Resolution 1441, but the U.N. inspectors were active and had requested more time. Only the United Nations had the right to take military action to enforce its resolutions. Israel has failed to obey many U.N. resolutions, but Bush has called Ariel Sharon "a man of peace."
North Korea admits it has nuclear weapons, tests intercontinental missiles, starves its own citizens to maintain a million-man army and trades with terrorists, yet the Bush administration seems relatively unconcerned.
I hope that we will not live to regret the precedent that this unprovoked attack on a relatively weak nation has set.
ROBERT H. HALE