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Gary Gould — Managing Editor

Gary Gould — Managing Editor

I almost hate giving my opinion about national and world events because the last time I had something to say about the ineffectiveness of our government I was told by a reader I should move out of the country. But I will tempt fate this time and hope I am not deported for giving my two-cents.

• Iran has a working nuclear reactor. Well there’s a big surprise. No one has bothered to do anything about it until now so as far as I’m concerned we just have to deal with it. The world, through the UN, has had plenty of time to take action and has chose to do nothing.

My only concern is we all know they’re going to use it to make bombs. The president of Iran, just over the weekend, called his country’s new remote-controlled attack drone an “Ambassador of Destruction.” It’s encouraging to know we’ve allowed a country with this sort of mindset to obtain what they need to launch a nuclear war.

If we’re not going to step up and stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, there’s still hope Israel will. Because God only knows if they think a drone is an “Ambassador of Destruction” then obtaining nuclear weapons must be “Happy Hour of Annihilation.”

• The Obama administration made a big deal last week about the last U.S. combat units leaving Iraq. I had to read the story twice because I at first was under the impression the last U.S. troops were leaving Iraq. But it just turns out we’re bringing home the last combat forces — there are still like 50,000 U.S. soldiers there.

Good news is all the troops ready to do battle have been brought home. This ought to make the insurgency in Iraq feel a whole lot better when they go out to set off roadside bombs or to send suicide bombers into crowded places to bloe themselves up. There aren’t any combat units left there, just your typical U.S. soldier trying to survive a tour of duty in Iraq.

Make a big deal when the last U.S. solider comes home. Don’t make a stink over yanking the backbone out of our forces in Iraq like that is supposed to be a sign of progress in ending the war. I haven’t heard that al-Qaida is reducing their combat forces in Iraq.

• There’s been a lot of talk about plans to build a mosque at the World Trade Center site in New York City. I’m all for religious freedom

and I believe it is wrong to blame an entire religion for the actions of a few zealots, but come on. Why would someone want to build a mosque at the site of the worst attack on U.S. soil by Islamic radicals? It is obviously an inflammatory action and it is being pursued to make a point.

There is such a thing as respect for the dead. Thousands of Americans died at that site on Sept. 11, 2001 at the hands of people who took Islam to an extreme. True, it is wrong to blame Islam as a whole for what happened there, but forcing the issue of building a mosque at that site is wrong. There is the matter of freedom of religion, but what about good taste? What about respecting the wishes of the families of the people who died at the site? Maybe proponents of the mosque ought to be thinking more about SHOULD they build it rather than CAN they build it.

Gary Gould is the managing editor.
Contact him at 810-452-2650 or by email


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