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When war is the answer

I don’t like war. Too many good people are killed or hurt. Too many innocents are killed or hurt. Nonetheless, sometimes war is the only way to resolve a problem.

One of my daughters recently asked me why the world still has wars. I told her that as long as there are people who want something that they don’t have, short of a major religious experience, war will continue.

I see no evidence to indicate otherwise. That makes me think about our war in Iraq.

I remain amazed at the unceasing chorus about lies and deceit leading us into the war in Iraq.

Before we invaded Iraq, our national leaders of both parties going back to the Clinton administration believed Saddam Hussein had a weapon of mass destruction program.

That appeared to be why Saddam would not allow United Nations inspectors to see everything. That’s one way he maintained his illusion of military power.

This news was not new even if it did turn out not to be verifiable after we invaded. The renegade in me still thinks we should have hammered Saddam the first time Iraq fired a missile at an American pilot enforcing the U.N.-mandated no-fly zone during the Clinton administration, rather than waiting until 2003.

The real reprobate in me also still wonders exactly what the Israelis destroyed in eastern Syria in September 2007.

Did all of the technology in the middle of nowhere come only from North Korea? Maybe some historian will figure out the whole story and tell my grandchildren. Regardless, I do not believe lies and deceit took us anyplace.

Also concerned about closing Guantanamo

I also am very concerned about closing the prison in Guantanamo.

No, I don’t think we ought to torture people, but we weren’t running that prison so we could torture people.

We have been trying to hold some very bad people in a place where they could not hurt anyone.

I’m just not sure I want these murderous liars placed in our prisons.

These terrorists don’t fit our historical view of a prisoner of war, nor are they really criminals.

I think putting them in the court system is going to be a mistake. It is ludicrous to expect soldiers in the heat of battle to meet the standards of our legal system with regard to apprehension and individual rights.

Therefore, some evidence will not be acceptable in a court.

If allowed to mingle with criminals already incarcerated, I am confident at least one other prisoner will be converted to this brand of hate.

We’ll see a terrorist come out of our prisons and join our society, and we won’t know it. Only a fool who never has been shot at could think this will work.

So I worry these days. I think a lot of people who never had to make a really hard decision are going to place us in real danger and then be shocked when we experience another attack.

I don’t like everything that happened in the previous eight years, but I think everybody better catch a deep breath before they change too many things.

Sometimes I wish I still had my helmet and body armor.

John M. House is a retired Army colonel who lives in Midland, Ga. His e-mail is