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DEBATE TRIGGERED AS WAR TARGET IS HIT

October 6, 2011

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Our war successes only make us more vulnerable

RE “DRONE attack kills US-born cleric linked to Al Qaeda’’ (Page A3, Oct. 1): With the killing last week of Anwar al-Awlaki and the May killing of Osama bin Laden, I fear that the United States may be at greater risk of terror attacks. After inciting attacks against the United States, there’s no denying that bin Laden and al-Awlaki deserved to die. I would have preferred that the grim task had been done by someone other than our nation. With blood still fresh on our hands, retribution may be imminent. I doubt that killing these men or other Al Qaeda leaders will end the cycle of more planned attacks against Western targets. New terrorists are being born every minute. As a result, there won’t be a shortage of leaders any time soon. How are we going to kill all of them? It’s like a dog trying to catch its own tail. In a word: impossible.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater, Fla.