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Vote for the other guy: Kerry

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Vote for the other guy: KerryLetter-writer Jerry Stiglich (SDN, July 10) was right that what he calls World War III started in 1979 with the taking of the American Embassy in Tehran. However, it’s worth pointing out that contrary to the familiar right-wing fantasy, Iranian anti-Americanism was not motivated by a hatred of our freedom or our religion. It was motivated by the way we screwed them over by deposing their democratically elected president, putting the reviled Shah back on the throne, and helping him brutalize and repress the Iranian people for the next 26 years. Well, one thing has led to another and now the seething hatred of the radical Islamist movement has taken on a life and a logic of its own.I submit that George Bush’s doltish approach to the Middle East and his invasion of Iraq were the answer to Osama’s prayers. Rarely has the United States been so loathed in the world, and never have the fanatics had so little difficulty recruiting more fanatics.Stiglich says “we should ask ourselves who Osama would vote for if he could vote, and vote for the other guy.” I got news for you, pal, the other guy is Kerry.Eric Collier, Silverthorne


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