My World of “Ought to Be”
by Timothy Wilken, MD

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Friday, October 04, 2002

Pax Americana! — The Creation of an Empire

Jay Bookman writes: The lure of empire is ancient and powerful, and over the millennia it has driven men to commit terrible crimes on its behalf. But with the end of the Cold War and the disappearance of the Soviet Union, a global empire was essentially laid at the feet of the United States. To the chagrin of some, we did not seize it at the time, in large part because the American people have never been comfortable with themselves as a New Rome. Now, more than a decade later, the events of Sept. 11 have given those advocates of empire a new opportunity to press their case with a new president. So in debating whether to invade Iraq, we are really debating the role that the United States will play in the years and decades to come. Are peace and security best achieved by seeking strong alliances and international consensus, led by the United States? Or is it necessary to take a more unilateral approach, accepting and enhancing the global dominance that, according to some, history has thrust upon us? If we do decide to seize empire, we should make that decision knowingly, as a democracy. The price of maintaining an empire is always high. Kagan and others argue that the price of rejecting it would be higher still. That's what this is about. (10/04/02)


Bush to Address the Nation -- Monday Night

CNN NEWS -- WASHINGTON:  President Bush will deliver a speech Monday night on the threat posed by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, an administration official said Friday. Bush will deliver the speech from Cincinnati, Ohio. The official said the president wanted to speak directly to the American people about the matter. The president wants Congress to pass a resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq if Saddam refuses to comply with U.N. resolutions on disarmament. (10/04/02)


U.S. Proposes Tough Resolution for Iraq

The London Guardian -- Resolution main points: --The US (as a permanent member of the UN security council) can ask to be present in any inspection team and thus gain access to any part of the country.  --The inspectors can set up bases throughout the country. They will be accompanied at those bases by soldiers under the UN banner sufficient to protect them.  --The UN will have the right to declare no-fly, no-drive and exclusion zones, ground and air transit corridors, to be enforced either by the UN or by member states which could include the US.  --Iraq must agree to free and unrestricted landing of aircraft, including unmanned spy planes.  --The UN can take anyone it wishes to interview out of Iraq, along with his or her family.  --Any false information provided by Iraq or any failure to comply with the resolution would automatically entitle member states to use all necessary means to restore international peace. (10/04/02)


Saddam and Bush Should Fight a Duel!

Atlantic Journal-Constitution -- BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An Iraqi vice president offered a unique solution to the U.S.-Iraq standoff: a duel between George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. Taha Yassin Ramadan said the duel could be held at a neutral site and with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the referee. ... "A president against a president and vice president against a vice president and a duel takes place, if they are serious, and in this way we are saving the American and the Iraqi people," Ramadan told the Associated Press Television Network. (10/04/02)


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