Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2002


The trigger phrase was uttered yesterday: “material breach.”

Now the sound of war drums is coming inevitably, ever closer. 60-thousand of our best already staging for Gulf War II. Another 50-thousand packing to go. Wives, moms, sisters, dads, brothers, all called away. For Son of Gulf War, I expect much of our Texas National Guard will ship out.

For what? There's a running history of changing reasons. Iraq has ties to Al Qaeda. Saddam doesn't have nukes but wants 'em. A regime change is needed. They have chemical weapons. Iraq had something to do with 9-11. Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. He's Hitler.

For this we need to send our sons to launch a first strike?

Even our strongest ally wonders about the lack of evidence. The BBC reported last night, "Take one piece of "missing" material as an example— 1.5 tons of VX nerve agent. The British and US governments say that this has not been accounted for. But according to a report in January 1999 by the previous UN weapons inspection group Unscom, the Iraqis said that they had destroyed the VX by dumping it and UN scientists found traces at the site."

The president has fallen short of convincing most Americans that aggression is unavoidable. We should value our volunteer fighting forces more than to ask them to sacrifice unnecessarily.

By the calendar, these are times of peace and goodwill.

By the drumbeat sounds, these are not.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.


• BBC 12/18/2002 "the United States is positioning itself to go to war."
• 9/9/2002 Ten Reasons Why Many Gulf War Veterans Oppose Re-Invading Iraq
• American Friends (Quakers) 10 Reasons to Oppose the War with Iraq
• "Twelve Reasons To Still Oppose A Unilateral, Preemptive War Against Iraq"
• 10/4/2002 "In Iraq War, to the Victor Goes the Oil"

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