The path that George Bush is proposing in regard to a preemptive attack on Iraq is very troubling. He claims this will increase our country's security, but Saddam Hussein has every incentive now to hold his fire. If we attack Iraq, we become the aggressor and give him every justification for fighting back. He will have nothing to lose. This war will not increase our security; it will make us far less safe. Much of the world will see such an action, I suspect rightly, not so much a war against terrorism as a war of aggression for control of oil. If we carry through with these threats, we move one step closer to the behavior of the terrorists who attacked us.
War is a last resort. Until we have tried every means available to understand the conditions worldwide that have led to terrorists' attacks, take part in addressing those conditions, and use all diplomatic channels open to us, talk of war is premature. I have seen much inflammatory rhetoric of war. On the other hand, there has been little probing of what lies behind the terrorist attacks and little serious diplomatic problem-solving on the part of George Bush's administration, or for that matter, of Congress.
It is easy to talk war when we are a nation armed to the teeth; it does not mean that it is the best thing to do for our country or for the stability of nations worldwide. I believe that is why we are seeing so much resistance from other nations. They see the war for what it is, not for what the Bush administration would like to market it as. Again, this is not so much about terrorism, as it is about control of oil so that we Americans may continue to have all the luxuries and comforts that many Third World countries can only dream about. I urge the people of Juneau to let President Bush and our Congressional representatives know that we oppose a preemptive strike against Iraq.