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Associate Editor Megan Sweas" blog post commenting on the firing of General Stanley McChrystal and the war in Afghanistan drew this response from a reader:

I originally supported the invasion of Afghanistan. It seemed justified and obvious. Terrorists supported and harbored by the Afghan government, the Taliban, had declared war on us and attacked us on our soil. It seemed cut and dry.

I now agree with my 85-year-old mother who said that we should have treated Osama bin Laden and his bunch as criminals and launched an international law enforcement action, perhaps with special operations but not by invading the whole country. By treating terrorists as soldiers, we are validating their claim that they are legitimate warriors in a just war against us.

The hardest thing to understand is how we ever expected to win in a country that has a well-deserved reputation as "the graveyard of empires." We are invaders. Afghanistan eats invaders. My morn was right. I was wrong.


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Title Annotation:you may be right: letters
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Aug 1, 2010
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