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Week of March 10, 2003
Take this ready-for-war quiz
Discover your own answer: Who's the dangerous bully in Iraq's tempest?
By SUZANNE ELSTON
There is a dangerous bully on the international block and I'm not convinced that it's Iraq. While U.S. President George Bush has alluded to the threat that Saddam Hussein poses to the world, in the words of our own prime minister, Jean Chretien, "The proof is the proof." Thus far, all I've heard is a lot of frightening rhetoric, and I don't think that I'm alone.
While I have no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a very dangerous and not a particularly likeable man, the question we should all be asking is, "Do we know enough to justify going to war with Iraq?"
Last week I received a questionnaire that provides an interesting perspective. Listed below are the first 25 questions from the quiz. (The remaining 28 questions can be found at the website listed at the bottom of this column.)
Conflicts are never black and white, as the above questions so clearly illustrate. If we want peace and stability in the Middle East, then perhaps we should be investing in those things that create a stable, democratic and open society - the kind of society that would never support the rise to power of a dictator like Saddam Hussein.
As Tools for Peace, Tools for War (from the War Resisters website) points out, $100 could buy 11 blankets for refugees - or 11 hand grenades. For $145,600, you can purchase one bunker-buster guided bomb, or provide rent subsidies for 1,000 families. $763,000 would pay for one minute of war on Iraq, or improve, repair and modernize 20 schools.
As we stand dangerously on the brink of war, we owe it to our children, and the children of Iraq, to do what we can to stop this war - before it's too late.
Recommended websites:Take the rest of the quiz courtesy of the San Jose Peace Center at www.sanjosepeace.org/stopthewar/IQtest.htm. Founded in 1923, the War Resisters League believes that war is a crime against humanity. Go to www.warresisters.org.
For 101 ways to stop the war on Iraq, visit www.earthfuture.com.
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