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Are We Really Going to War This Month?

Week of March 19, 2003


Michael Stanton
History Professor, St. Louis University

"Most of us would like to hang Saddam Hussein from the nearest scaffold, but we have to weigh how many American lives we're willing to sacrifice to do that. More to the point: In history, I don't think there's ever been an instance when a country has amassed a large fighting force on the boundaries of another country and never gone in. They're not going to tell 200,000 soldiers, 'Forget it, we're going home.'"

Gary Camarato
Design Manager, Optima Design

"Without a clear declaration of war, we can't really call it a war. Instead, they'll give it a name like Operation Kick Ass. Whatever you want to call it, we are already there. When our forces posture, then our country has taken that crucial step. I believe that most people support our troops, and when the fighting starts, the country will be behind them."

Roshanda Balentine
Charter Member, Patti LaBelle Fan Club

"I think so, and it's too bad, because it's not about protecting the United States. It's all about Bush wanting his name in the history books. It's all about him."

Michael Bardol
Maintenance, Schnucks Supermarkets

"Soon enough. The president is strong on it. You can see that. A lot of people don't agree with him, but I feel if America doesn't stand up for itself, then what are we gonna be? We're a big country, a strong country, a God-fearing country, but we can't let them hit us again. No way! Bush, he's gonna defend our country, I know that. I admire the guy -- he always puts God first."

Mary Louise Louden
Unsuspecting Pedestrian

"No, I don't think so. Too many people want peace instead of war, and I think he's going to have to listen -- at least I hope so. President Bush has a lot of determination; just imagine if he used that and his influence on the side of peace. He can stop the carnage now without losing face."

Mike Schaeffer
Adult-Services Provider, St Louis Public Library

"I think that the administration set a deadline long ago, and everything leading up to this was just trying to get more people on board. I think it's going to happen on the 18th [and] then thousands of Iraqis are going to die, along with several hundred American soldiers, and Halliburton [the oil company formerly run by Vice President Dick Cheney] will become fatter than it already is."

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