Originally created 08/12/05

Pastors said we had it coming

Republicans who write letters to the editor are either misinformed or enjoy writing blatant lies.

Robert Smock stated that President Clinton and President Carter said the 9-11 al-Qaida attacks were our fault, and that we had it coming ("U.S. left assists radical Islamists," Aug. 8). This is completely untrue. Radical religious leaders Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell said the following:

Falwell said, "What we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact - if, in fact - God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve."

Robertson replied, "Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror, We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."

They apologized a day later after an outcry from the American people.

I had the pleasure of being at a meeting, right after we invaded Iraq, at which Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor was a guest speaker. He stated that he and President Carter had a conversation the night before, and decided they should support the war. I told him then that he and President Carter were both wrong. It is true that Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, and had been from the time we and England helped him overthrow the previous government.

There were no weapons of mass destruction. Saddam and Osama bin Laden did not have any ties whatsoever; and the only terrorist camp was in northern Iraq, which was under Kurdish control. Furthermore, the United States was still supporting Saddam when he was gassing thousands of the Kurdish people.

Carroll C. Kenny, Martinez


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