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Colin Powell, take a look in the mirror

Sue Gray

Dear Editor,

An Associated Press article on Aug. 2, 2002, reported that Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the shunning of talks with North Korea could be a costly mistake. The remark was in regard to his statement that North Korea has acquired weapons of mass destruction and exported long-range missiles while leaving many of its 22 million people in desperate need of food or other means of living a decent life. He is quoted as saying; “We want to enter into a dialogue to see if that reality can change to a more positive reality.”

Since he has obviously lost touch with reality in his own country, I would like to remind him that for the last 60 years the United States has acquired weapons of mass destruction and exported long-range missiles (along with other killing devices) while leaving many of its people in desperate need of food or other means of living a decent life. The Senate has approved a $355.4 billion defense bill for next year, meanwhile the number of people in poverty in the United States is close to 276 million (that’s 12 times the entire population of North Korea). There are an estimated 700,000 homeless people in the United States with 36 percent of the homeless population being families with children.

Perhaps before he exposes the hypocrisy of United States foreign policies in statements to the press, he should look in the mirror and ask not what he can do for other countries, but what he can do for his own country.

Sue Gray

Carbondale


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