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This is in response to Stuart Greenberg's letter ("Let Bush violate First Amendment all he wants," Back Talk, Feb. 20). First, a couple of important points: 1) Saddam Hussein had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. 2) Saddam Hussein did not have a "mushroom cloud" threat, and the Bush administration had evidence to that effect that they chose to ignore and chose not to share with our Congress. That was their worst of many impeachable crimes.

Osama bin Laden expected hundreds of deaths from the impacts of the planes on 9/11. When the buildings came down, he got thousands of deaths; he was ecstatic. Unfortunately for us, from the perspective of bin Laden, the best was yet to come.

What bin Laden couldn't have imagined in his wildest dreams was how our president, George W. Bush, in just a few short years, would do infinitely more damage to our country than bin Laden could ever do in a lifetime.

Al Qaeda would love to strangle our way of life. But, as it turns out, they don't have to. Bush has been doing it for them by waging an unprecedented assault on our Constitution. You might be so frightened that you'll readily give up rights that hundreds of thousands of Americans have died for; but, thankfully, most of us are not that timid.

"Give me liberty or give me death."

You stand a greater chance of dying from the flu or a traffic accident than you do from an act of terrorism—or do you stay home cowering in a vault? The best way for us to minimize terrorism is to stop inspiring terrorists.

Jim Lindsley
Durham

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