Congress just struck a blow for peace, human rights and the U.S. Constitution ("Congress has second thoughts on veto override and may fix Sept. 11 bill," Sept. 29).
Government exists to protect our rights. The right to sue is one of the most important. Totalitarian governments close the courthouse door to their citizens.
Allowing Americans to pursue claims in federal court against nations that played a role in the murder of Americans in terrorist attacks on our own soil is just. It also opens the door for people around the world to sue in their own nation's courts for damages against the world's largest perpetrator of terrorism since 1963.
Several weeks ago, during President Barack Obama's visit to Laos, The Sun reminded readers that Laos was the most heavily bombed nation on earth and that Laotians are still dying due to unexploded ordinance dropped the by U.S. planes during the Vietnam War.
The U.S. government never had any right to attack Laos, Cambodia or even Vietnam. In fact, like the Iraq War, it used lies like the Gulf of Tonkin incident to justify to sell its policy of mass murder to the American people.
The invasion and occupation of Iraq was a war crime. Citizens in many nations have just claims against the U.S. Government. Americans who lost family members who fought in unjust, illegal wars also have legitimate claims against their government. .
Endless war is profitable for the wealthy elite. But if governments knew they would be held accountable for the violence of unjust wars it might serve as a deterrent to future crimes against humanity.
Rob Baker, Ambler, Pa.