Volume 96, Issue 19
Tuesday October 1, 2002

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American self-interest

To the Editor:

I hope everyone read Chris Webden's commentary in the Thursday, Sept. 26 issue of The Gazette regarding present U.S. foreign policy under the Bush administration. I agreed with everything written except the last two paragraphs.

The implications of the self-interested "Bush doctrine" are the same as when an individual indulges in total self-interest. They lose perspective and become an irrational and negative influence in the world. The doctrine will manifest itself more subtly than a direct attack on Canada (although, when they run out of fresh water we might have a problem).

Chris's accurate assessment, in my opinion, leads to a less stable world. American Senator John Byrd said caution is required for the first time in its history because the U.S. is overtly threatening to unilaterally make a pre-emptive strike on another sovereign nation.

Now, I am not saying Senator Byrd is an accurate historian, but Iraq presents a precedence that could have long lasting and long reaching consequences.

It is an affront, not only to the people of Iraq, the Arab region, the Muslim faith, but also, to justice. Cowboy diplomacy belongs in the 20th century, not the 21st.

Des Stutchbury
BA '94

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