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Friday, April 4, 2003
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U.S. threat: war only the beginning

To the Editor:

Despite all of the current war speech and fervour, there has yet to be a truly satisfying exposure of what the world will likely look like in the future, after the war.

This past weekend, Lloyd Axworthy, our former minister of foreign affairs, had a feature in The Toronto Star in which he pushed for the "pre-empting of the pre-emptors." His point was that war has the potential to become a trend in the 21st century – the United States launching pre-emptive strikes on nations not in agreement with their policies, or worse, those nations ideologically opposed to American cultural capitalism.

The United States has shown a consistent disrespect for the United Nations and the interests of the world by turning their back on the Kyoto Protocol and global warming, refusing trade programs with Third World countries for AIDS pharmaceuticals, pulling out of the International Criminal Court and, finally, by declaring unilateral war against Iraq, without UN sanction.

The world is enraged – each week citizens are turning out in droves of the thousands to burn effigies of Bush and denounce the war. With White House characters like Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld pushing the "Bush doctrine" of morals and "axis of evil," we might yet get our own Big Brother dictating the rules for the rest of the world.

The future of our free, multi-lateral world teeters on the United Nations' ability to regain its composure and organize all dissidents to the "coalition of the willing" into a unified political power. Globalization is every bit a two-way street and the united power of the world is enough to effectively pre-empt any fresh American attempts at "liberating" evil nations.

The invasion of Iraq demonstrates clearly that the United States is not the moral and sympathetic leader of nations it says it is. In their drive to rid the world of evil, the United States has succeeded only in exposing their own evil nature. A nature that is in fact so pervasive it makes one curious about what the UN Security Council is doing right now? Do you think they're organizing for Haiti or Zimbabwe, or waiting for the next pre-emptive assassination?

Michael Holmes
King's College
Sociology IV

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