Can a patriot have misgivings about attacking Iraq?
Is opposition limited to peaceniks and American-hating
Wars have unintended consequences. Would an American
invasion of an Arab country further radicalize the
Islamic world, leading to the rise of unfriendly
governments in Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia? Would
the U.S. then have to invade a hostile Pakistan because
of its nuclear weapons?
The terrorist threat comes from
radical Islam. Saddam Hussein runs a secular state.
Would overthrowing a secular ruler help or harm radical
An American attack on Iraq would cause a loss of
sympathy among our European allies. Would a more
isolated America receive the same cooperation in the
battle against terror?
War hawks believe that a demonstration of U.S.
military clout would improve the Middle Eastern
situation. But Israel has been demonstrating clout for
decades and is still engulfed by terrorism.
No doubt Saddam Hussein bears the U.S. ill will, and
he may be
acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Nevertheless,
is the level of threat to the U.S. from a country of 23
million relatively poor and uneducated people blown out
If the U.S. is to adopt the Roman approach of
overthrowing enemies before they arise, the U.S. should
focus on China, a much greater potential threat.
Ambitious China has the world`s largest population
and weapons of mass destruction. The
Clinton administration gave China the missile technology
required to reach American cities. U.S. firms, seeking
lower costs, are
building up China`s high-tech industrial capacity.
Sound arguments can be made that the focus on Iraq is
preventing more serious vulnerabilities from being
addressed. Terrorists abroad do us less damage than the
terrorists allowed into our country by our open-borders
The U.S. is so politically correct that it no longer
differentiates between illegal aliens and native-born
citizens. Author and columnist Georgie Anne Geyer has
shown that open borders have turned American citizenship
into an empty concept.
No effort is made to control our borders. Mrs. Malkin
reports that in the six months following the September
11 attacks, the State Department issued almost 200,000
additional visas to Middle Easterners and southern
Asians, areas that are known havens for al Qaeda. People
without visas enter unhindered from Canada and Mexico.
Visas continue to be granted indiscriminately even
though the State Department knows that a high percentage
will overstay their visas and disappear into the
population. The U.S. has become such a
hodgepodge of different peoples and cultures that
the Immigration and Naturalization Service has washed
its hands of locating and deporting illegal aliens.
Can a country conduct a war on terror when it cannot
control its own borders? Does it make sense for a
country that refuses to
defend its own borders to invade another country?
American universities have repeatedly made it clear
that their multicultural goal is to prevent students
from being enculturated into Western civilization. What
does a people stripped of its identity defend?
The U.S. may be in more danger from the extraordinary
imbalance in the political and ideological commitments
of its university faculties than it is from Saddam
Hussein. Time and age will destroy Hussein. But
university faculties are self-selecting and
self-perpetuating, and these faculties are
overwhelmingly hostile to traditional American values
and any political party that stands for these values.
At Cornell the ratio is 27 to 1. At Harvard it is 25
to 1. The ratio is 35 to 1 at Denver College, 23 to 1 at
the University of Colorado, 50 to 1 at Williams College,
72 to 1 at the University of California at Santa
Barbara, 25 to 1 at Syracuse University, 8 to 1 at
Berkeley, 15 to 1 at UCLA, 35 to 1 at the State
University of New York at Binghamton, 9 to 1 at
Stanford, and 10 to 1 at Davidson College.
And some people think the problem is in Iraq?
Paul Craig Roberts is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of
The Tyranny of Good Intentions: How Prosecutors and
Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name