Jewish World Review Feb. 26, 2003 / 24 Adar I, 5763


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'Win Without War' releases new talking points | Win Without War, the coalition of organizations planning a "virtual march" on Washington, D.C., this week released a new list of talking points to guide people who call the capitol to protest disarming Iraq through threat-of-force.

The group encourages callers to use their own "heartfelt" words instead of compelling, thought-out reasons. Here is an excerpt from the talking points list:

1. We can disarm Saddam Hussein without invading Iraq. Despite 12 years of failing to do so, I just feel that we can.

2. A U.S.-led invasion of Iraq would be the greatest terrorist recruitment tool that Osama bin Laden could imagine. We feel afraid of terrorists and should never do anything that might make them angry.

3. We can't control war. Experts warn that an attack on Iraq could seriously undermine and destabilize regimes in the region, upsetting monarchs and dictators who also don't like us.

4. What happens after war? Are we prepared to occupy Iraq for years to come? Think of how long it will take just to de-toxify the WMD landfills, and to give medical treatment to the Iraqi people who have been exposed to chemical and biological agents. Then there's the trials for crimes against humanity. We don't have time for all that.

5. The administration hasn't convinced our allies or the American public. According to a recent poll:

  • 59 % of Americans believe the president should give the United Nations more time;

  • 63% said Washington should not act without the support of its allies;

  • 87% think 'Joe Millionaire' should have picked the other woman.

6. Many innocents will be killed or injured, and Saddam doesn't need any help doing that. So let's just allow him to continue killing his own people?

Young Americans will die in battle...War should be the very last resort. First we should pass at least 18 resolutions in the U.N. Security Council, spend almost a year trying to build an international coalition to pressure Saddam to disarm, and continue to take no action even if he doesn't comply with our U.N. resolutions.

JWR contributor Scott Ott publishes the satirical website, whose motto is "News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher." Comment by clicking here.


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