To the Editor:
The letter to the editor in support of the Iraq War (KDH, April 14) disregards the facts pertaining to the legality of that war.
Numerous legal experts, including those of the UK, U.S, and many other countries declared the war to be illegal. Also, it violated the U.N. Charter as it wasn’t approved by the U.N.
Even a member of the Bush administration stated the war was illegal but justified.
A retired CIA official stated on TV that the Bush administration was informed before the invasion of Iraq that they had proof there were no weapons of mass destruction there, and was informed a regime change was decided on.
A pre-emptive war is against international law and against the United Nations. And U.N. inspectors in Iraq were given complete access to search anywhere in Iraq for WMDs. Also, many retired U.S. generals and diplomats came out publicly against the Iraq War.
The U.S. has made the same mistakes that other countries have made down through history, becoming involved in quagmire wars in Korea, South Vietnam after France withdrew, and in Iraq and Afghanistan after the British and the Soviet Union withdrew. Costly wars in lives and trillions of dollars.
World War II ended in less than four years of U.S. fighting.
The war in Korea still hasn’t officially ended, and we still have forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
At the rate our country is progressing, it will not be great a fraction of the period the Roman Empire lasted.