Double standards and preventive warfare?


To the Editor:


Re 'Bush's team targets Hussein' (2/10/02), the administration seems to embrace an ill-conceived policy of 'Wage war to avoid war'. No link of Hussein to terrorism is provided, and Hussein's only transgression is alleged to be the fact that he does not allow foreign weapons inspectors in his country. The U.S. does not open its weapons programs for inspection either, so how is something we do routinely supposed to be reason enough to attack another country? How are we to justify bombings that are likely to cause the death of thousands of innocent civilians? Perhaps we are to look to Anatole France for an explanation: "A people living under the perpetual menace of war and invasion is very easy to govern.  It demands no social reforms.  It does not haggle over expenditures on armaments and military equipment.  It pays without discussion, it ruins itself, and that is an excellent thing for the syndicates of financiers and manufacturers for whom patriotic terrors are an abundant source of gain." I sincerely hope our people are smarter than to think that countries can be divided in those 'good' and those 'evil', smart enough to avoid our ruin. It took a civil war for America to accept that black people deserve the same rights as white people; let us hope it does not take another war to accept that the right to live should not be conferred by the color of a passport.


Alex Bäcker

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