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Dear Editor:
The Editor's theory that the war in Iraq is a good thing because it will diminish terrorism and advance the cause of immigration is seriously misguided. First of all, there is good reason to fear that the preventive attack on Iraq will not reduce, but rather stimulate and increase acts of terrorism against the US and its citizens. Second, those who now confuse immigration with terrorism are unlikely to abandon that article of faith even in the unlikely event that acts of terrorism were to abate. I wish our Editor had listened to the advice that the Mexico City daily La Jornada had given on March 1 to President Vicente Fox as he considered whether Mexico should support the war: "For many citizens it is unthinkable that a hypothetical agreement on immigration would be used to justify the death of thousands of innocent Iraqi children." In my opinion, at least, a hypothetical increase in societal appreciation for immigrants and immigration should not be used to justify a war that teeters on the brink of immorality and illegality, and may kill some of our young soldiers, and perhaps many more still younger Iraqi civilians.

Carl R. Baldwin



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