This is the voice of a Filipino, peace-loving and God-fearing, allow me to express our view regarding the current issue of your imminent attack on Iraq while we abhor and condemn terrorism on all forms. Nonetheless, it is our sincere objection to any form of war having the honest belief that this condemnation on Irag’s Saddam Hussein’s inhuman behavior cannot be solved by another inhuman attack against Iraq. As of now, the whole world is in a state of fear. They are troubled by the consequences it will bring about in case the war broke in the Middle East. Thousands of lives will be greatly affected as well as the environment. Your Congress had recently gave solid bipartisan support with regards to this war. But behind this, there are various people who firmly oppose to your decision. We believe that war is not the proper solution to this conflict. Instead, this can be resolved in a peaceful manner.
I certainly comply with what Iraqi Deputy Minister have said that “Iraq is not a threat to anyone, not neighboring countries, not America.” But what seems to appear is that your war plan is causing the threat to all the Arabs, the migrant workers there and the world as a whole. Maybe you should take things a bit slowly. Let the side of Iraq be heard. They even reiterated its denial that they were not developing weapons of mass destruction and they have even no intention to produce them. Everything can be settled through peace talks. If ever you have personal anger on Saddam Hussein, keep it among yourselves. Don’t let others be affected.
Sad to say, Filipinos will suffer if this war is staged. So Mr. President, please adhere to the principle initiated by the United Nations to forego war against Iraq. Be aware of whatever outcome it will cause you. Isn’t it so that for every action, there’s always a reaction. Perhaps, don’t set aside what Iraq had set forth that if the Americans commit a new foolish action against Iraq, they will teach them an unforgettable lesson. So as what the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others what you want others do unto you.” Let’s make love not war and let peace rule over us!
Mary Ann Martin
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