Volume 96, Issue 100
Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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Double standards

To the Editor:

The inevitable war has finally begun, it was only a matter of time before we witnessed United States forces invade Iraq despite continuing inspections and substantial Iraqi compliance with inspectors, including the disarmament of missiles exceeding the allowed range of 150 kilometres.

Let us recap why this war is necessary according to U.S. logic: according to the U.S., Iraq possesses weapons of mass destruction. We all know that Iraq does not have the means to deliver these weapons to the U.S. to cause mass destruction, so the threat lies to the countries adjacent to Iraq, and the U.S. has stated that this war will protect the Arab states from Saddam and his weapons. However, these same Arab states openly point out that they feel a lot more threatened by Israel, who does possess nuclear, chemical and biological arsenal.

The U.S. admits that it wants to liberate Iraq and bring democracy to the region. That's great! But what about undemocratic countries like Jordan and Egypt where freedom of speech and expression don't exist. When will the citizens of these countries have the chance to choose their own leader? According to the U.S., not any time soon.

Only when this double standard stops can the Arabs begin to trust the Americans in their actions.

Majed Abukhater
Actuarial Science II

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