Monday, February 03, 2003

We sit here on the brink of war -- a war that nobody seems to understand.

The U.S. President, George W. Bush seems determined to attack Iraq. His reasons remain unclear.

His recent State of the Union address was full of comic book references and childlike explanations. Statements such as, "Whatever the duration of this struggle and whatever the difficulties, we will not permit the triumph of violence in the affairs of men. Free people will set the course of history" are not aimed at intelligent people. You can't prevent "the triumph of violence in the affairs of men" by waging violence. Similarly, by saying "free people will set the course of history" uses a strange definition of "free". Terrorists consider themselves free, except for US control.

Worse still, was the reaction of all attending. After every paragraph, everyone stood up to applaud. Every paragraph! This made the whole thing look like a totalitarian government, where everyone feared repercussions if they didn't appropriately "butter-up the boss". This is not what I expect of the US. This is what I expect of North Korea.

My biggest fear is that Bush is right, but hasn't been able to communicate it. I only wish he would talk plainly and intelligently; the way I think a Texan should. Most of us our confused. We were attacked by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network. Why are we attacking Iraq?

In two days, Colin Powell will address the UN. I only hope some form of clarity is introduced to this situation.

Right now, I remain scared.

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