|Letter to the editor published Sunday, November 08, 2003 Valdosta, Georgia
I. United States holds trump card in Iraq.
In Iraq, the United States is holding the winning hand, but in my view it does matter how the
cards are played. You first have to have peace and security before democracy can take root.
Sure, the terrorists can hide and create fear and intimidation, but the United States holds the
trump card; control over the purse strings. That means a lot if the cards are played right.
The way I see it is, zoned identification cards should be issued to all adults. There don't seem
to be any other way with our boys being picked off almost daily.
Hunger and a hope for a better life tends to make most people face and overcome fear. No
one should be hired or receive any kind of assistance unless they can show identification. The
next step is to hire as many Iraqis as possible to staff many, many check points. Reward or
punishment is always effective to some degree when properly used. It may take something
like a small amount of cash for them to come in and get their I.D. cards. It's the old carrot
or stick method, there is nothing uncivilized about that.
Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr.
Valdosta, Georgia USA
PS: Todays date is January 29, 2005, much have changed
since this letter was published back on November 08, 2003.