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Media should raise questions about Iraq

August 15, 2003

Dear Editor:

The questions that the major news outlets have been raising in recent weeks over President Bush's stated reasons for invading Iraq are certainly warranted, but they come dreadfully late for the hundreds of American soldiers and uncounted civilians that died in the romp to Baghdad and in the embarrassing chaos that has followed. Why did these questions not surface when the original foundationless arguments were made when there was still a chance to prevent war?

Instead, the AP, NBC, and innumerable newspapers such as this one were busy reproducing White House press releases and parading them around as if they were "news." In a democracy, the media has a responsibility to its citizens. In our democracy, our media has failed us miserably.

Why no serious questions are being raised over the alleged Iraq-al Qaeda connection is beyond comprehension. This argument is even flimsier than the Niger uranium one which was based on an amatuerish forgery.

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The fact is that more 9/11 terrorists trained in Florida than in Iraq. The fact is that Osama despised Saddam's secular oppression of a Muslim people.

If we are truly concerned with supporting our troops, let's not send them off to die in a frivolous war whose true motivations are concealed from public scrutiny. Let's bring them home to prepare for a true threat, God forbid it should materialize.

Mark Finke

Harrodsburg

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