Volume 96, Issue 75
Thursday, February 12, 2003

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The world's policeman

To the Editor:

I am writing to refute the "irrefutable" proof that was presented Tuesday to the United Nations by Secretary of State Colin Powell.

First, Powell says that there is no proof that Iraq has destroyed large stockpiles of chemical weapons produced in the 1980s and 90s. Please note: there really is no way to prove that something no longer exists; one may only prove that something does exist.

Secondly, Powell seeks to prove that the Iraqis are hindering UN inspection efforts by prohibiting U-2 spy plane over-flights, by tapping inspection teams' phone lines, and by creating a "higher committee for monitoring the inspection teams." Personally, I'd be doing these things too – especially after former President Clinton admitted that members of the inspection teams have been spying for the United States. In fact, the inspectors that were "forced out" of Iraq in 1998 were told to leave by Clinton so he could bomb Iraq for its "non-compliance."

Thirdly, Powell accuses Iraq of not providing the inspectors with the weapons of mass destruction the U.S. says they have. Even if the Iraqis had these weapons, the U.S. expects them to indict themselves before the entire world?

Lastly, Mr. Powell makes outrageous accusations against the Iraqis based on hearsay, unfounded "eyewitness accounts" and easily misread satellite images.

Who died and made the U.S. the world's policeman? Can we believe the U.S., especially after the "audio tape of Osama bin Laden" that threatened the countries not supporting Bush's "War on Terror," subsequently disappeared after a French company proved it was false?

Michael Smith
Chemical Engineering II

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