Accusing Others of Behavior You Can't Control in Yourself

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 29, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Regarding Louis Black’s more disingenuous and juvenile than customary “Page Two” of Jan. 26, there are thousands – actually hundreds of thousands – of Kurds, Iranians, and Kuwaitis who are sure that Saddam Hussein’s previous use of chemical/biological weapons was certain indication that he would use them again. With regard to sanctions, in the period between the November 2000 election and the January 2001 inauguration, the two countries Iraq had bribed most with oil-for-food money (France and Russia) started agitating in the United Nations to end the sanctions. From that time until the U.S. administration changed the subject from when to end sanctions to when to end Saddam’s regime, the sanctions mechanism had been in gradual decline. While 9/11 did not change Iraq, it did change the threat level, which we as a nation were willing to tolerate. Invasion resulted. In that regard, despite your protests that it is not possible, we did get to pick the battleground. Furthermore, to the extent that there is no relationship between Iraq and 9/11, there is even less of one between the Iraq war and Mexican immigration (as you indicated) – unless of course Mexico was to declare war on the United States.
    Whether the battleground in Iraq was the best choice for America is certainly debatable. However, when you ignore facts, history, truth, and logic in authoring “Page Two,” you engage in the same behavior you accuse the administration of exhibiting – lying, manipulation, and “gutbucket politics.” Not surprising really, it’s not unusual to accuse others of behavior/conduct that one can’t control in oneself.
Michael Abraham
   [Louis Black responds: To go through your points one by one would take too much space. To address two of them: Certainly we chose a battleground; it remains to be seen if we in fact chose one that will decide things the way we want them to go. The connection between Iraq and illegal immigrants I wish was only my fancy. What I am commenting on is how many Iraq hawks, as soon as that situation got dicey, turned their ranting toward ending illegal immigration.]
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