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July 28, 2003

Put Odai And Qusai on Public Display

Blaine R. Young

I do not understand the big deal over the release of the pictures of Saddam Hussein's two sons, Odai and Qusai. This was a perfect example of you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

I believe we should go one step further and put the bodies on public display for any Iraqi citizens that would like to see them because so many still doubt that they are dead.

Yes, we are better then the tyrants that we drove out. But there is not much trust of the U.S. in Iraqi or, for that matter, in that region still. So, if this helps gain trust or prevents any possible future deaths of any members of the armed services, then it is well worth the price of being called barbarians by our own people (the liberals).

This is a practice that we used not to long ago right here in our own country with criminals like Baby Face Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly and John Dillinger, just to name a few.

Now we are a much kindler gentler society and we don't use obsessive force and we capture the criminals, try them, and give them life sentences that cost the tax payers an average of $30,000 a year to house and feed them.

The working poor do not make $30,000 a year. I also hope that the reward offered for Odai and Qusai is honored because this not only helps establish trust, but you can bet a lot more information about existing Iraqi Baath party members will come forward and probably information about WMD's.

Speaking of WMD's, I find it very interesting that Saddam and his sons have been able to stay on the lamb this long with all our modern military technology. So, how difficult do you think it was for Saddam to hide, destroy or transport his WMD's when he had a couple of months to do so.

I now believe it probably was much easier than I first thought due to the ability of the tyrants on the lamb to move around Iraqi.

Even though there is a lot going on in our lives, I hope the appreciation of the men and women of the armed services stays at the forefront of the American people. Journalists did not give us freedom. It was the soldier.

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