Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Beating the War Drum. (Letters)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Beating the War Drum. (Letters)

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* So it's an election year. The stock market is down 25 percent. We've seen one big corporate scandal after another. Huge layoffs are announced on a weekly basis, our trade deficit is at an all-time high, and our budget deficit is soaring. So you would think that the primary issues in the upcoming elections would be economic in nature, right? Wrong. The primary issue is an ill-timed war with Iraq. What better way to take attention away from our current economic problems than to beat the war drum. There is no better way to avoid taking responsibility for our country's economic problems than to say we are facing an external threat that must be dealt with first. I will readily admit that Saddam is a horrible leader that the world would be better off without. However, the world is full of these kinds of leaders. Are we going to take them all out? Of course not. But Saddam has something people inside and outside our government want to control. It is the world's second-largest oil field. And to make it all the easier, Hussein isn't very strong militarily so it should be easy pickings. And so what if a bunch of innocent civilians get hurt and killed? After all they are only Muslims. And they're a different color from most of us, so who cares. It's always easier to declare war on people different from you.

Is taking on Iraq going to make the world a safer place? The answer is an emphatic no. Even government officials who support attacking Iraq admit that it will increase the chance of further spark to set off a greater conflict. And attacking Iraq may be that spark.

The Arabs already mistrust us because of our one-sided Middle East policies that always favor Israel. Our attacking Iraq will further strengthen the view of Western favoritism toward Israel. I thank God for people like the new archbishop of Canterbury for speaking out against this unjust military adventure. …

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