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Wednesday, October 09, 2002

The NY Times Sound-bites the Iraqi War Opposition

We bite back.

War with Iraq will not bring peace to the Middle East," said Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia. "War is easy. But peace is hard. Peace is right, and it is just and it is true."

We can only infer the Congressman's position on motherhood and apple pie.

Representative David E. Bonior, a Michigan Democrat who was one of three lawmakers who traveled recently to Iraq, asked, "By going it alone, what signal do we issue by tossing aside diplomacy?"

I'm guessing now... Seriousness?

Other Democrats clashed with Republicans over the extent of American cooperation with Saddam Hussein in the 1980's, saying previous administrations had provided the Iraqi leader with the foundation of his biological weapons program.

"Sure he has biological weapons," said Representative Louise M. Slaughter, Democrat of New York. "We gave them to him."

Well, then, maybe it's time to take them back.

Hey, and these were the people who got quoted.

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