Letters to the Editor

Government should be held accountable for actions in Iraq

As this year winds down, America finds itself gripped in an ongoing enigma that seems impossible to solve. There are enough mixed signals coming our way from Washington regarding the war in Iraq to keep us in a constant state of confusion, resentment and helplessness. While it is a generally accepted fact that the initial reason given for invading Iraq, the possession of weapons of mass destruction, turned out to be untrue, we are nevertheless expected to support the decision to go to war.

We are told that not to do so would be unpatriotic and harmful to the troops in the field. Therein lies the dilemma that torments the nation and divides our people.

Of course, we want to support our servicemen and woman who are caught up in the awful quagmire that this war has become. At the same time, many of us want our government to acknowledge the truth and accept accountability for its actions.

It serves no useful purpose for Americans to hurl brick bats at each other because we are not the enemy. Regardless of how it came to be, there's a world of hate out there directed at us and somehow we must find a way to reinstate the image we once had as the envy and hope of the world.

We could begin by putting aside the acrimony that divides us and concentrate on putting the politicians that got us into this mess in the first place on notice that they can't fool all of the people all of the time. I believe we would have fared far better if they had heeded Colin Powell, who advised caution and restraint, and turned Donald Rumsfeld, who refused to do so, out to pasture. Well, what's done is done. It's what we do from now on that counts.

- George Morin