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A definition of 'good'

October 21, 2008

Re "A force for good again," editorial, Oct. 18

Let me see if I have this correct.

I go halfway around the world in the name of my country, get shot at and bombed, have dozens of my friends killed and maimed by a force that despises liberty, help establish freedom for 30 million people who were ruthlessly oppressed by their own government -- often in ways that made Guantanamo Bay look like a garden party -- and help create one of the only functional democracies in the Muslim world, yet The Times has the audacity to say that "the next president must make the U.S. a force for good again."

Really? You don't say.

I note that the man you endorsed for president would have left those 30 million Iraqis in the shackles of the Saddam Hussein regime.

Abu Ghraib would be a place where murder and unspeakable torture would still be routine -- not just the fabled site of bad fraternity pranks.

A force for good by whose definition?

Robert C.J. Parry


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