Archive for Tuesday, January 20, 2009

End the war in Iraq

January 20, 2009


Editor's note: Today's letters to the editor are from Southwest Junior High students learning about persuasive writing.

To the editor:

Since 2003, between 88,952 and 97,094 people have died in Iraq, according to The U.S. is spending an average of $255 million a day in Iraq. In a year we have spent over $572.7 trillion, according to, while the economy is bad. We should stop the war and try to get the economy better so we can do better and have more money.

Innocent kids and woman are getting wounded and even killed. Will our new president do something? He says he will remove the troops in 12 to 16 months. Too many people have died and if we don’t stop more and more people will die. Not only American troops but also troops from Iraq, and they have families and they are like you and me.

Some people in Iraq are not bad, I was reading Time the other day and some Iraqis are so tired of the war. Many people want to end the war, so Iraq and all of us could live in peace with each other.

Eric Martinez-Lopez,

Southwest Junior High


Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 5 months ago

Eric, how right you are. The only reason we are still in Iraq is because Bush thought the enemy would make fun of him if he pulled the troops out and say, ha, ha, we won.This is about more than pride.Obama will change this.

rtwngr 9 years, 5 months ago

Eric,Did your research indicate the number of Iraqi citizens that their own leader, Saddam Hussein, exterminated with nerve gas during the 1990's. It was well over the figures that you cited in your very well written letter. Sometimes, Eric, people need help throwing off tyranny and oppression. Sometimes leaders of countries become a threat to the peace and welfare of other countries. Lots of people say, "There were no weapons of mass destruction therefore we should not have invaded Iraq." Did you know that 500 tons of yellow cake uranium, the type used to make nuclear weapons, was found in Iraq. It was kept secret until a nation that it was safe to sell it to could be found. Canada took possession of it this last summer. There was a little known news story about it by the Associated Press that the main stream media did not really report very enthusiastically.

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