How much will we allow? |

How much will we allow?

We are being told that 69 percent of us are in favor of attacking Saddam Hussein?s Iraq. The most vocal questioning of this idea is coming from congressional Republicans.

I don?t believe it. I know it sounds paranoid, but I don?t believe we are bloodthirsty enough, willing to disregard another country?s sovereignty, willing to accept the inevitable casualties, willing to ignore the objections of friends around the region and the world.

So how could this be? Our last administration was roundly admonished for setting policy by reading polls. How hard would it be to manipulate polls to demonstrate agreement with an administration?s desires? Not very, I?d guess. How clever it would be to orchestrate ?questions? from voices within one?s own party. Then when they are convinced of the rightness of the plan, wouldn?t the way be neatly paved?

Why does the Bush administration want to invade Iraq and remove Saddam? Sure, he?s a proven baddy, but my guess is that there are other influences at work: to avenge the embarrassment of the elder Bush, to distract attention from corporate scandals (cronies after all), to distract from failing wars on drugs and terrorism, to quiet alarm over the degradation of civil liberties, to guarantee the continued flow of oil.

Are we (the people) going to allow it?

John Barrow

Grass Valley

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