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Truth and War

Being a foreigner in a land that seems to be bent on war, I tend to keep my thoughts to myself. It is better to keep a low profile in these politically tense times than to incite a violent riot out of sheer stupidity. I am thankful for the freedom of speech available in this land, and through the exercise of this freedom by many of its citizens I know that I am not alone in my thoughts.
As Bush and Blair continue to stir the flames, it has become evident that the facts are getting a little muddled up. Does Iraq have nuclear capability? The answer to this question is important, of course, as it determines the nature of the threat. What is more important is knowing if Saddam is inclined to use the weapons at his disposal, whether they be chemical, biological or nuclear. That would determine the presence of a threat, and the necessity of force which would undoubtedly result in loss of innocent lives.
I do not claim to be an expert on politics, but like many others I too am of the belief that the "facts" laid before us are not only the result of omission or manipulation, but border on lies. It is hard to believe everything that is said anymore.
Like <a href="http://fragments.blogon.com/fragments/">Fred</a> who <a href="http://fragments.blogon.com/fragments/archives/2002/09/000289.html#000289">wrote</a> about his own disbelief, I am sure I am not the only skeptical one. My heart goes out to the troops sent there in body but not in heart nor spirit.
It is easy to sit from a distance and write about these things. It is easy to numb ourselves to its reality. I want to feel and care, but I do not dare venture there for fear the grief be too great for me to bear.

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