Monday, January 27, 2003[posted by jaed at 6:16 PM]
What terror looks like
Still opposed to fighting Iraq and deposing its governance? Take five minutes out of your day and read this. This is not news to Iraqis, in Iraq or not. It is news to too many Americans, however, and it's something Americans need to understand before they can speak and think clearly about whether the US should fight Iraq or ignore it.
If you can get through it and still think Saddam Hussein should be retained in power by any means necessary - even at the risk of an attack on an American city with gas or a nuke - well, if you can make that case in a way that satisfies your conscience, more power to you.
But if you've been protesting because "Dubya is more dangerous than Saddam!", or because it will help the Democratic Party, or because you have a kindly if slightly fuzzy sense that war is always bad (if the US is the country making it), take a look. Read. And think about this:
If you oppose this war for such reasons - domestic political factionalism, or therapeutic sentimentality, or simple neglect to find out what's actually going on in the world - and you ever meet any actual Iraqis, how are you going to look them in the eye?