To the editor:
Before attacking Iraq, George W. Bush made a strange confession. In a Newsweek interview shortly after safely installed at his second inauguration, our President revealed that before devastating helpless Baghdad, he prayed to God for forgiveness. I repeat: forgiveness. Now, before charging into combat, a leader might pray for success. Or for courage. Or even for luck. But isn’t asking in advance for pardon the equivalent of realizing that one is about to commit a wrong? A wrong that, to this day, continues to take thousands of innocent lives, both civilian and uniformed?
Salvatore J. Parlato