I was listening to talk radio today, and they played some stuff from last
night's FrontLine (PBS). They had a newsman slip into Iraq and he was
interviewing people. They were describing the slaughters going on there.
One woman said that her village was forced to an execution. They had to
watch 15 women being beheaded by sword. Only a couple were prostitutes,
most were doctors and school teachers.  
I think that in the long run, the majority of Iraqis (especially the
women) will be as happy to have us come as did the Afghani women.  Today
we finished rebuilding a school for girls in one of the major Afghan
cities. It has been closed since the Taliban took over. Afghanistan has
one of the largest death rates for child bearing (7 in 100), because
women aren't allowed to see doctors. We are training dozens of midwives
to help inthe deliveries.
I'd say that we are saving many of these people, just as we saved Europe
from itself in WWII.  Thanks to us, Europe is primarily democratic and
the people live decent lives. This is now beginning to occur in Russia
and Eastern Europe. And perhaps we can export it to more of the world as
we fight terrorism (which I am convinced Saddam is involved with).
You'll note that Pres Bush has been working with the UN, and in fact the
UN Security Council voted unanimously today (including Syria). That
definitely shows that Pres Bush is speaking tough in order to get the
rest of the world to move a little, yet he's still compromising with
them.  
Iraq now has a month to disarm, or the UN can take action. I think that
is very fair.

In WWII, we had to fight on several fronts. We didn't just attack Japan
and leave Germany and Italy alone until we finished with Japan. We fought
them all at once. We still have things to do in Afghanistan, but that
doesn't mean we aren't ready to select additional targets in the war of
terrorism.
K'aya K'ama,
Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
.geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
"No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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