Leave Iraq to the UN, focus on al Qaeda
Even if you disagree with my position on Iraq, please voice your opinion to our leaders and to your own communities. Democracy is a participatory activity. Please speak up.*
To President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Representative Udall, Senator
Allard, and Senator Campbell.
I strongly oppose war with Iraq. Although Iraq could eventually become a
threat to the United States, they present no immediate danger to our
country. By contrast, al Qaeda has demonstrated their capacity and will
to deeply harm us. Let the United Nations pursue more aggressive
inspections which appear to be gradually working. Let our nation's
attention focus on our real enemy: al Qaeda.
The alleged links between Iraqi leadership and al Qaeda do not make any
sense. If common faith and hatred of the United States were enough to
bring them together, why are the Arab nations so internally divided? On
the contrary, Osama bin Laden would loose all credibility within al Qaeda
if he were to collaborate with Saddam Hussein. He couldn't condemn the
Saudis for their abuse of power while collaborating with Hussein. It just
does not make any sense.
It does not make financial sense either. Economic insecurity is the most
immediate threat to American well being -- far more than anything Iraq
could muster. Please do not throw away billions of taxpayer dollars to
invade a second-rate threat. Spend those taxpayer dollars strengthening
our internal defenses and disrupting al Qaeda.
Nor does it make sense strategically. Since January of 2002 US foreign
policy has focused on the "Axis of Evil": Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.
With our intelligence attention and resources stretched so thin we are
still vulnerable to attacks from al Qaeda. The new Department of Homeland
Security has a mammoth task just in re-organizing the operations of
twenty-two agencies. They cannot possibly be effective in securing the
country within the apparent timetables for war with Iraq. It doesn't make
sense to wage war half way across the world while leaving our homeland
defenses in their current state. We know for a fact that al Qaeda can hit
us at home.
Our military supremacy does not mean we can capture Hussein, or more
importantly, secure all of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. We leveled
Afghanistan and yet failed to capture bin Laden. Moreover, Hussein's
dictatorship keeps the internal Iraqi factions in check. How can we keep
factions within Iraq from slipping away with whatever weapons remain? Let
Hussein continue to keep the factions in check and let the weapons
inspectors continue to scour Iraq. Redirect our military's attention to
Our real enemies are the sour economy and al Qaeda. It is a grave mistake
to distract ourselves in a war with Iraq.
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update: corrected spelling of bin Laden on April 9, 2003