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Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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The real price of oil

To the Editor:

Two weeks of the Iraqi war has passed, and it has been exactly what all rational, peace-loving people feared.

Iraqi civilian casualties are already well into the hundreds. Heartbreaking scenes of dead bodies – mostly children and women – are on every TV and still, the war to free the Iraqi people is still going on. In my opinion, United States President George W. Bush has already lost the war. He lost it when he decided to go ahead without a United Nation's resolution, thus blowing up the foundations of international legitimacy.

This is definitely an aggressive and imperialist invasion of another country in order to control its wealth. I have always heard and read about the imperialist powers trying to occupy and control other nations, but it never occurred to me that this would happen in our time.

Just a few months ago, all that I read about was how to improve the economy or how to find a cure for that disease or how to strengthen democracy in that country or how to improve education, and now I hear about invasion and killing.

Bush is definitely bringing the whole world into a state of chaos and disorder. Who is going to be next on the American government's agenda?

One thing I'm pretty sure about is that this is going to back fire in the face of the U.S. government sooner or later and, only then, they will wish they never started this.

The American government wonders why Sept. 11 occurred? Why does the whole world disagree with [American] policies? In the history of mankind, no powerful and oppressing nation has ever survived and, in my opinion, President Bush is escalating his nation's self-destruction for a very cheap price – the price of oil.

Issam El-Hourani
ACS IV

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