Freedom for what?

Re "The Best Defense," by Richard Stayton (Nov. 16): We've been told that suicide bombers are jealous of us and "hate our freedom." We've been told that we invaded Iraq to "free its people."

Just what is it that we're making them free to do? It hasn't been explained, but it must be to make them free to buy SUVs, eat at McDonald's and shop at the (U.S. taxpayer-provided) mall.

It can't be to speak freely, could it?

Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon (among others) have been called traitors, threatened and canceled from events for speaking out against the war. How ironic that over 400 Americans and thousands of Iraqi civilians have died so that they could be free over there, when the administration, shock jocks and others would deny that most basic right to Americans here.

Judy Pang

Palos Verdes Estates

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