Even if you hate President Bushâ€™s guts, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who does not support the war in Iraq, last week gave the only reason needed for you to not vote for John Kerry.
Putin said, â€œAny unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush. International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.â€?
Putin then concluded, â€œIf they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition. In that case, this would give an additional impulse to international terrorists and to their activities, and could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world.â€?
Putin has taken the words right out of my mouth. Of course, as your ex-managing editor Stacey Warde has said, â€œPutin isnâ€™t exactly the model defender of democracyâ€? and this could be interpreted as the equivalent of Hitler endorsing Chamberlain; however, every word of it is a truth that must be faced by those who are determined to vote against President Bush.
C. L. Smith