Friday, April 11

I have been relatively quiet about the situation in which my country has placed itself--it seems strange to call such an unequal contest a "war" but so it is. I've been hesitant to write because I haven't felt strongly enough about anything to commit an opinion to print. Michael Kinsley's piece on Slate, "Unsettled: Victory in the war is not victory in the argument about the war," poses some important questions:
What will toppling Saddam ultimately cost in dollars and in lives (American, Iraqi, others)? Will the result be a stable Iraq and a blossoming of democracy in the Middle East or something less attractive? How many young Muslims and others will be turned against the United States, and what will they do about it?

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