|March 2, 2003
America vs Iraq
Every American has a right to an opinion whether or
not America should start a war with Iraq. The issue
is “Why go to war?”, not “Why not
go to war?”. Every American's right to oppose
a pro-war policy is being rendered meaningless by
President Bush and his advisors' refusal to listen
and respond to anti-war protestors. President Bush
and his advisers are turning American apple pie into
applesauce and there are a few bad apples in the mix.
To use weapons of mass destruction to eliminate a
threat of use of weapons of mass destruction does
not make sense. A war would be the most expensive
way, but is not the only way, to disarm Iraq. The
economic cost of a war would be tremendous, but it
would be minimal compared to the social and political
costs. Perhaps the greatest costs of all will be the
loss of opportunities to use the resources required
for a military buildup and deployment for peaceful
How did the position of the President change from,
"We must prepare to use military force as a deterrent,
even though we have not yet decided whether to use
that force." to "We must go to war sooner
or later, and the sooner the better."?
The Bush administration made several unconvincing
explanations of the need to attack Iraq. Self defense
is obviously not a valid reason. A preemptive strike
is not a defensive act. Not only is Iraq not presently
threatening the United States, starting a war will
create a real danger of counter attacks. Initially
the goal was to disarm Iraq. Now despite there being
no proof Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, the
goal has changed to removing Saddam Hussein from power.
The latest explanation of the need for war, to make
peace in the Middle East, is the scariest one of all.
The Bush administration has no credibility on which
to base this claim. While there is no loftier goal
than World Peace, it is hard to believe anyone would
think that America can create global peace by starting
a war. More likely is that World War III will result.
Obviously the goal of World Peace is an afterthought
being raised to try and defend an unreasonable decision
to start a war. Vision should come before decision.