Mainstream' voice

Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

It's time for the U.S. and our allies to disarm and remove Saddam Hussein. He is a war criminal, terrorist and the most prolific mass murderer alive, with the body count increasing daily. He must go as soon as possible, for the good of the Iraqi people, the Middle East, and the world. While morally confused liberals demonize America and wonder aloud whether Saddam is a terrorist, let's be clear: If murdering hundreds of thousands of citizens and terrorizing an entire nation of over 20 million people for over a quarter of a century doesn't make Saddam a terrorist, then I'm Rod Serling and we have just entered the Twilight Zone.

Recent letters from the Blame America First crowd give excuse after excuse why we should just leave Saddam Hussein alone. This enables him to keep on killing and killing and killing, like a demon-possessed Energizer Bunny.

It's time to liberate the Iraqi people from the bloody tyranny of Saddam Hussein. If we don't disarm and remove Saddam, who will? Will Capt. Kirk have Scotty beam Saddam to a war crimes trial at The Hague? Shall we trust the U.N. to handle Saddam? The U.N. has become an irrelevant farce. Saddam has thumbed his nose at the U.N. for a dozen years, flagrantly violating 16 resolutions. The U.N. has done nothing in response, save pass yet another meaningless resolution. The U.N. may roar like a lion, but they are really nothing but a clueless, clawless kitty cat.

While I'm sure some of the anti-war protesters mean well, they must realize that if the peaceniks had stopped the U.S. from entering WWII, our kindergarten kids would be learning to goose-step and "Mein Kampf" would be required reading in our schools and churches.

Polls show Americans trust conservatives and Republicans a lot more than Democrats and liberals when it comes to national security and foreign policy. It's no accident that the often shrill and screeching, America-bashing, Bush-hating, morally confused liberal left was thunderously pummeled in the 2002 mid-term elections. To paraphrase James Carville, "It's the ideas, stupid." While everyone wants peace, Bush has the better idea - let's stop Saddam now.

John Kato was right. Too many of us in the mainstream didn't respond to the Empire's poll. I failed to respond then, but now that liberal knees are jerking all over town, I've done my part.

Guy J. Crockroft

Juneau





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