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Where is our moral authority coming from?

If it wasn’t so serious, it would be hilarious. The United States, the only country in the world that has ever used atomic weapons against civilians (what else could they be used against?), wants to go to war against Iraq because of its alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction and, consequently, the likelihood that they might use them against somebody else.

First, a word about our using them to end World War II with Japan and force that country to surrender. We could have dropped a bomb in the Bay of Tokyo, with the risk of killing a few fishermen, to show Japan our might and resolve. No, we chose to drop it right away on two large cities, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. (Are civilians of a country at war really innocent?)

So, where is our moral authority on the subject coming from? Sept. 11 triggered a lot of sympathy abroad for America, including among moderate Arabs and/or Muslims. An unprovoked war against Iraq would wipe out that sympathy and rekindle anti-Americanism around the world, the perfect breeding ground for terrorism to flourish.

But what should we expect from a president who was elected with 47.87 percent of the votes and who told the Palestinians that their leader, who was elected with 87.1 percent of the votes, should be replaced? (Irregularities were reported for both these elections.)

What should one think about a country with 4 percent of the world’s population that consumes 60 percent of the illegal drugs and distributes awards to other countries for their [our] war against drugs? Or what about a country that spends 40 percent of the world’s military budget and has the safest possible borders?

There is at least one thing we agree on with Iraq (and the rest of the “axis of evil” – Iran, Libya, North Korea, etc.): We are against the “International Criminal Court” that has the pretense of judging other’s war crimes in front of the world community. So, we can safely go to Iraq and kill each other. What a beautiful world, George!

Alain Lazard

Nevada City

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