War lacks justification

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I would like to add my voice to the calls for balanced war coverage. I'd specifically like to see more stories in the media as to why none of Iraq's neighbors (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran, or Kuwait) is calling for immediate war. Even Iraq-ravaged Kuwait's government is merely tolerant of a war and its population is split on whether invading Iraq is a good idea. If Iraq is such a danger to its neighbors, why aren't they calling out for military help as the Czechs did in 1938, Poland in 1939, and Kuwait in 1990?

Saddam is a brutal dictator with a bloody history, but as our active support for him through the '70s and '80s shows, that's not a real problem for America.

There's no point in invoking his invasion of Kuwait as a reason for attacking Iraq now, because we've already attacked him for that. Any war which will cause some American deaths and many Iraqi ones must be justified by showing that Iraq is the most current and deadly threat facing America today. That hasn't been done. Washington so far has refused to share any evidence that Iraq currently has weapons of mass destruction. If we can talk with a nuclear-armed North Korea capable of wiping Anchorage off the face of the earth in a few months, why bother invading a third-rate power not feared by its neighbors?

Daniel Cornwall


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