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Volume 68, Issue 46, Wednesday, October 30, 2002


The world should support U.S.

Matthew Caster
Opinion Columnist

Remember how, in the days that followed 9/11, the entire world, with the notable exception of Iraq, stood with us in the shadow of our darkest day? 

After we finished mourning, we knew it was time for action and, called to defend freedom, we kicked the snot out of the Taliban and freed Afghanistan from a bunch of tyrannical wannabes trying to live in the seventh century. Most of the world stood with us, but some countries chose to back off a bit.

Then President Bush whipped out his "Axis of Evil" mojo, and all over the world, nations suddenly forgot the events of that tragic day. 

Now, for our forthcoming showdown with Iraq, whose psychotic leader praised the attacks and has routinely demonstrated hostility for American interests in the Persian Gulf region, we have only a handful of nations openly standing with us.

Our president informed us that we will act alone if necessary against Iraq, but clearly an international consensus is more prudent. 

Before that address he made a huge mistake: Sept. 12 he appeared before the United Nations. Here's an international body that's caused more wars than it's prevented, sent vast numbers of American soldiers to fight these wars and used large amounts of our money to pay corrupt dictators overseas (as opposed to the humanitarian aid it's technically designated as).

Our "get-tough" resolution against Iraq can't even get past the U.N. Security Council. We have Great Britain's support, but the other permanent members of the Security Council (China, Russia and France) have expressed obstinate opposition.

We can already tell, whether the resolution passes or not, that Saddam Hussein is not going to live up to his end of the bargain. That means that either way, U.S. forces are going to take care of the situation.

Here's the problem with going to the United Nations: In the event that we have to go in there by ourselves, it looks like we wouldn't find the international support for such an operation.

What we should have done to insure we'd get both the international support and the recognition we deserve for taking on yet another of the world's problems is to have approached each nation individually. Politicians around the world have the average capacity for rational thought of a third-grader, so we'd present it to them clearly, using small words.

I really don't like the fact that the United States has become a police force for the world, but I guess somebody has to do it. France, Russia and China's contributions to global policy are slight. Thirty years of inaction against Islamic terrorists and tyrannical dictators has finally come back to bite us in the butt ... and it's up to the United States to clean up the mess the world has made. 

Good thing we've got a president who isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves and do the job himself if necessary.

Caster, a senior petroleum engineering major, 
can be reached at


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