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Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Our Armed Forces Given Short Shrift

In the Gulf War of 1991, several American servicemen were captured and tortured by the Iraqis. In 1996, congress passed a law allowing the suing by individuals of countries that support terrorism. This allowed a lawsuit that eventually resulted in a large judgement, as Saddam Hussein did not respond to the suit. Now the Feds say no to the judgement. Their reasoning is that since we invaded Iraq and deposed the Hussein regime, Iraq not longer is considered a supporter of terrorism.
There is a big problem with that decision. Since we are obviously on a path to depose as many terrorist supporting governments, the members of our armed forces who participate in the deposing of those regimes can expect the same betrayal.
We fight, then depose. Our people are tortured, but cannot collect. It's circular. Congress needs to have some stones and refine the legislation. Otherwise our troops are left dangling.

I'll be back



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