Letters to the Editor

Politics: Business can supply terror

For most of one recent day the national television and radio media were broadcasting the cockpit recordings of the followers of Islam who were responsible for the attacks on our nation that occurred Sept. 11, 2001.

The tapes indicate the sort of individuals that are dedicated to killing Americans. i.e. “Islamic terrorists” from nations which consider us their sworn enemies

During the week of May 16-23 this year, the United States Senate was discussing SB 2400, the defense budget for 2005. In the course of the discussion an amendment was introduced making it a federal crime for U.S. companies to sell to terrorist states through an American subsidiary. The ban would apply where 51 percent was U.S. owned. The amendment was defeated 50-49.

To date, no one seems to be the least bit perturbed by the defeat of the amendment. So it appears that we can consider such nations as Syria, North Korea, Iran, etc. as normal trading partners.

In the unfortunate eventuality that hundreds, thousands, (or worse) of Americans are killed by “terrorist” attacks. I presume that’s merely the cost of doing business.

A.G.Elliott

Oak Harbor

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