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Risks of impatience could be devastating

Hundreds of thousands of American citizens and citizens around the world have called upon the administration to let the inspections work before taking the horrific choice of attacking Iraq. Members of congress, the American Nobel Laureates, the Physicians for Social Responsibility, numerous ambassadors and retired Admirals have all appealed to the administration to let the inspections work.

The chief U.N. weapons inspector, Hans Blix, has said that his inspections of biological and chemical weapons disarmament should take a year. Wouldn’t it be better to let inspectors destroy any possible weapons than to risk having them used against our troops or civilians?

The Carnegie Endowment reported that Saddam is unable to engage in any significant production of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons while inspections continue, so let the inspections continue!

Attacking Iraq could well lead to a relatively swift victory. Nevertheless, we can count on devastating effects of war on the children and families of Iraq. Imagine the terror that children, grandparents, and parents experience as they hear bombs descend upon them or witness the horror of violent death.

Are we willing to risk such terror and devastation because of impatience?

Sharon Davisson

Nevada City

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