Regarding "The toll of war" (March 19, Page A-1): I share everyone's grief for our soldiers who died in the Middle East. The majority of them died to enrich corporate interests. President Bush started an unprovoked war of aggression in Iraq and slaughtered tens of thousands of civilian men, women and children. Half a million Iraqi civilians are unwanted refugees in nearby countries.
The true cost of this war is estimated at $3 trillion. Most of this money went to enrich manufacturers of armaments. Oil went up from $25 a barrel to more than $100 during this war, enriching oil companies. Our tax dollars are given away to corn growers so that they can convert food into automobile fuel. The cost of food has increased by 50 percent.
Iraq is Balkanized, which suits our administration's agenda of securing a permanent military base in Iraq. Civil war there means continuation of obscene profits for "defense" industries. Capturing bin Laden is the last thing that this government wants. Natural resources are given away to special interests. The Environmental Protection Agency has become the Environmental Pollution Agency. Our Bill of Rights is history. When will we wake up?
S. K. MADIREDDI