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    Tuesday, March 11, 2003     7:28 PM

this story courtesy of wil wheaton's blog, has made me very mad. more mad than i thought i'd be when i read it. i don't see the humor in this and in light of other restrictions that have been suggested in the article, i really do think the metaphor of the bully on the playground is so accurate. The U.S. government wants to go to war and because France is one of few countries very much against the idea, we have to threaten punishment for that. Regardless of those punishments never coming to fruition I don't believe they should even be suggested. France and any other country can choose to not support this and the U.S. is the one with the problem if they result to temper tantrums because they don't get their way. This country is strong, yes, and we could fight a war without necessarily having support from many other countries, but to me that's not the point. Who are we to decide because we're strong that we're better than everyone else, and that we're always right? We can't be that arrogant, and yet we are. If France (or another country) doesn't believe war is the solution, we have every right to disagree with that and think their reasoning if flawed, but that's an opinion, it isn't fact. I believe the U.S. has consistently had the problem of ethnocentricity and the roots of this current conflict stem from there. Problems within this country such as unemployment, homelessness, violence, is being overlooked because it is apparently more important that Iraq undergo a "regime change" because that will somehow make this world a better place. Of course Sadaam is not a good person, I don't think many people think that, but winning a war while it will probably increase Bush's popularity and bolster patriotism, in the long run will not even touch superficially the problems the U.S. is facing as a nation.

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