Letters to the Editor

Imposing democracy

Re the Jan. 4 article Kidnappings on the rise as Libya splinters, and the Jan. 3 article General fears Iraq will split into 3 parts: Even though Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were considered vicious dictators, the number of citizens dying and the amount of destruction taking place in their two countries today is greater than at any other time in recent history.

This is the direct result of forces in the United States attempting to impose democracy on the citizens of those two nations. U.S. citizens should be frightened and frustrated that our leaders continue to make mistakes that cost lives on both sides and waste mind-boggling amounts of taxpayer dollars with nothing to show for it. Since the end of World War II, no military involvement on the part of America has served any useful purpose except to benefit the military-industrial complex.

Steven Z. Levinson, Miami Beach