Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Speaking of Saddam

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Speaking of Saddam

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Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill spent most of the last two weeks trying to agree on a nonbinding resolution on Iraq.

What at first might seem like the usual squabbling between politicians is actually more serious: It's a sense that before the president takes military action, there should be a discussion in Congress.

We need a discussion, one that involves all Americans, because there's a serious question at stake: What to do about Saddam Hussein? President Clinton wants to limit any military mission: He says the goals are to force Saddam to allow United Nations weapons inspectors to go wherever they want, and to make sure he can't wage war against his neighbors. But many argue that's not enough. It's time to get rid of the Saddam problem once and for all, they say. And the way to do that is to get rid of Saddam - whatever that means. Before we send in the cavalry, it might be well to reflect on what we can actually do. It would seem heavy air strikes could take out Saddam's suspected chemical and biological weapons facilities, disrupt his communications, and destroy a lot of military hardware. But that's not as easy as it sounds. (When it comes to military operations, it's never as easy as it sounds.) A lot of this stuff is easy to hide and move around. And many of the factories where Saddam might build such weapons also have civilian uses - pharmaceutical plants, fertilizer factories, and so on. Remember the Scud missiles during the Gulf War? Despite our searching high and low for them as Saddam rained down missiles on Israel, Iraq still had more than 200 at war's end. (He may have two left now.) It would also seem that we could destroy Saddam's Republican Guard. But Iraq has dispersed it and set up dummy bases to confuse our surveillance. What do we mean by "getting rid" of Saddam? …

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