March 24, 2006

Why are we in Iraq? To fight for those who are weak

John Whitehead's op-ed ["Iran nukes the dignity of women, and condemns an innocent life," March 17] described how a 17-year-old girl walking through a park in Iran defended herself by stabbing one of the three men trying to rape her while he was "forcing himself on her."

For this feminine assault on male pride, she is to be executed by hanging.

Mr. Whitehead's piece described how this young lady is going to be hung by a thin rope or steel cable formed into a noose and placed around her neck in such a position to crush her larynx so the act inflicts as much pain as possible and prolongs her death.

This is in accordance with "Revolutionary Law" derived from Islamic and Sharia law. Before the execution, it's likely that she will have been brutally raped over and over again by prison guards.

It is inconceivable to me that I share this planet with creatures who would inflict such horror on one of their own. What astounds me even more is that so many people who live in the United States think this is not the concern of everyone else on this planet.

While so many are apologizing for a cartoon, girls and women are dying at the hands of creatures with no more sense of morality than a starving dog.

Should we be in Iraq? Yes, and we should be in Iran next.

Because how we treat the least of us is a measure of our own worth. And if we do not protect the weak, our very presence on this Earth is a waste of the air we breathe.

Rex A. Hoover