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For the week of December 24 - 30, 2002


Make the case for war

This holiday season finds us on the brink of war with Iraq.

Iraq reports that it has met the demands of a United Nations resolution and has no weapons of mass destruction.

U.N. weapons inspectors have not yet found the proverbial smoking gun in their visits to various Iraqi sites.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says Iraq is lying. He says he has the information to prove it.

U.N. chief inspector Hans Blix says Iraq’s report left out a lot of essential information. He wants Britain and the U.S. to tell the world what they know about Iraq’s weapons.

U.S. President George Bush says it can’t be done because the countries must protect their sources.

This leaves ordinary Americans—the ones who pay the bills, build the weapons, fight the wars, and feed the kids—in a terrible quandary.

Americans had no qualms about going into Afghanistan, bombing Al Qaeda to rubble and launching the still unsuccessful effort to unearth terrorist Osama bin Laden from his underground lair. We knew why American sons and daughters had to go and fight. The sons and daughters knew it, too. All had seen the bombing of the World Trade Center.

The situation with Iraq is not so clear. It’s muddied by the fact that the U.S. government is playing nice with Iran, a country that harbors and promotes terrorists, and with North Korea, which recently acquired nuclear weapons.

Americans will willingly go to war, but only if we understand why. We’re not good at blind faith.

Mr. President? It’s time to make the case.


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