I listened intently to President Bush’s speech to the VFW convention Wednesday (I wish it had been given during TV’s prime time), and it was the best speech I have ever heard him give.
The historical background he provided regarding the stand that President Harry Truman and others took during World War II, as well as in the Korean and Vietnam wars, resonated in clarity and accuracy. Our successful introduction of democracy in Japan after World War II and the resulting peace in Asia can give us hope for the future of the Mideast.
My father worked with Harry Truman (he was the first curator of the Truman Library), and I think President Truman would endorse Bush’s stand in Iraq. It is not easy to stand for principle — particularly when public opinion is against you.
However, Truman held the course during the war and afterward, when told that democracy in Asia was impossible. If alive today, Truman would agree with Bush’s commitment to persevere in Iraq so that the Mideast, too, can achieve democracy and peace.
Julie Perry Sherriff
Again the president, in his speech at the VFW convention, contends that Iraq is a democracy. Well, Mr. President, if Iraq is a democracy, why is Islam its “official religion,” which you put your stamp of approval on, being the supreme commander of that occupation? There is no such thing as “democracy” without freedom of religion.
Under Saddam Hussein, the Christian community was able to attend services in peace. Now they are being run out of the country altogether. Now the Sunnis are battling the Shiites in the streets.
Is this what our country was founded on? Is this worth losing American troops for? I’m sorry, it in no way resembles democracy.