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Letter: Needless wars line pockets of rich
First Published Jan 17 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 17 2014 01:01 am

It seems that we are doomed to repeat the past. Since World War II we have fought several wars — Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. In none of these wars did the enemy pose a real threat to the United States.

None of these wars had a goal that would indicate a winner and loser. They drag on and on until we get tired and pull out, leaving that area/country to slip back into the same situation it was in before the war or maybe worse.

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The only winners in these wars are the people behind the military industrial complex. Present-day Iraq is a case in point — al-Qaida is regaining lost territory.

If the goal in these wars is to stimulate the economy, line the pockets of those running the already rich military industry and deplete the surplus population, then we are doing an excellent job. If we are trying to solve problems, help people have better lives and right wrongs, then we are failing miserably. The money could be better spent here at home. Now that we have tired of Iraq and Afghanistan, who’s next?

Kenneth Twelves

Salt Lake City

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