Horrors of war

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 11:07 p.m.

Much to our good fortune, we Americans have never known the horror of sustained mechanized warfare on our native land in the 20th century.

Perhaps if the case were otherwise, the large majority of us would not cavalierly consent, as the president prepares within a few weeks to unleash the dogs of war on Iraq, regardless of what the U.N. inspectors do or do not uncover.

Perhaps if we had ever experienced the mortal terror of massive bombing and guided missile campaigns, or the tanks, mortars, heavy artillery and other fearsome weaponry of invading land forces; or perhaps if we had ever to bury our loved ones and friends, and try to calm the fears and dry the tears of our trembling children, or watch them slowly waste away toward death from war's poisonous aftermath - perhaps then we'd think more than twice about subjecting these horrors on fellow human beings across the seas.

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