To President George W. Bush:
I am a concerned student from the Philippines – one of your so-called allies and neo-colonies in the Third World. Our government’s overwhelming support in your endeavor against Saddam Hussein does not reflect the true sentiments of the Filipino people. Given that Saddam Hussein does pose a considerable threat to the US and its interests – whatever they may be – I do think that all-out war would only aggravate the delicate situation. So I implore: STOP this senseless anti-Iraq crusade, LOOK for peaceful alternatives, and LISTEN to reason.
US new-found insecurity is obviously rooted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. US pride and ego were undoubtedly hurt by the unforeseen catastrophe. To an extent, it is understandable for the US to retaliate against the perpetrators of the 9/11 Assault. However, there is such a thing as “overkill”, like how the US reacted since then. It appears that 9/11 is conveniently used by the Bush administration to justify its no-holds-barred war against a faceless nemesis.
To be brief, there is no just cause for war, for there is no substantial evidence to implicate Iraq with the 9/11 attacks. Another consideration of course, is the price-tag of armed confrontation. Considering the military resources of Iraq, war against it would be very expensive. Another consideration is the likely nuclear showdown between the two, along with other weapons of mass destruction – possibly of the biological and chemical variety. West Asia would be further destabilized – in every sense of the word – with the outbreak of war. The kind of war the US is trying to export to Iraq is contagious. Israel, being the military powerhouse in the region, is an invaluable ally of the US. Palestine together with the rest of the Arab world of course, will not just sit and watch the carnage courtesy of the US and its allies. In the long run, US choice to settle the score in the barbaric tradition would prove to be self-defeating. Why? In the long-term, the proposed war would only escalate that Anti-American hatred so prevalent in West Asia. Generations would mature in a world wherein Uncle Sam is the enemy.
Is the US just trying to redeem itself for the stale-mate conclusion of the Gulf War? Or is it doing the rest of mankind a huge favor by taking the initiative to compel Iraq for a security inspection? Who is the crazy one, Bush or Saddam? So many questions, yet it seems the only answer the US could come up with is war.
Joven Rey C. Guinto
Student (University of the Philippines-Manila)
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in 2002