Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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Bush and Chirac both will need exit strategies

Regarding your Feb. 21 article "Between Bush and Iraq - Jacques Chirac": Jacques Chirac needs an exit strategy? Nonsense. It's President George Bush who lacks an exit strategy. He's painted us into a corner. Anything he does will have disastrous consequences. Back down and we're a paper tiger. Invade and we're seen as attacking the Muslim world, losing friends, and turning critics into implacable enemies. We're also stuck there, the flies conquering the flypaper - fools falling into Osama bin Laden's trap.

Mr. Bush might still become a hero if he would allow the inspections to continue. Regrettably, there's little chance he might do that. We're all starting to pay the price (at the gas pump) and it will get much, much worse. Ken Champney Yellow Springs, Ohio

French President Jacques Chirac, statesman of the free world, threatens to block from EU membership the 13 Eastern European nations who support US policy toward Iraq. He tells them they "missed a great opportunity to be quiet." But Latvia's President Vaira Vike-Freiberga will not be silenced: "We have felt the price of oppression for half a century or more," she said. "In many ways ... what we have been through has been the result of appeasement and of acceptance of tyranny."

If French appeasement renders the UN irrelevant, Latvia and friends may emerge with the US as the new defenders of freedom and world order. The countries France considers its underlings may get the last word after all. Michael Knox Buena Vista, Colo.

Assuaging fear with duct tape?

Regarding the Feb. 24 opinion piece "Ducking for cover - from ourselves": Fear makes people "crazy and stupid" as the author states, and this is just what the terrorists want. Unfortunately, sometimes it appears to be just what our own government and media want as well.

I recently saw Michael Moore's documentary "Bowling for Columbine," in which the filmmaker establishes a link between our nation of fear and its predilection to respond with violence. …

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