Guest Opinion

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Redefining the 'WMD'

Weapons of mass destruction. Of course that is the platform of many trying to change the power in the White House this election year. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?

Ummm... news flash: we caught Saddam, can there be any bigger weapon of mass destruction?

The brave men and women of the United States armed forces are responsible for bringing an unforgiving tyrant to justice for all the world to see. A man who ordered the death of 100,000 Kurds. The biggest known genocide. A man who used chemical weapons that discharged nerve agents that blinded men, women and children. Chemicals that ate through their skin and killed them. The list of murders and unthinkable tortures go on and on.

Am I the only one who believes that we found the weapon of mass destruction? Is that too far removed from us in America for us to appreciate? It does not effect us, the deaths and brutality, because it is not in our backyard?

We see a little girl from Florida led off to her death a few weeks ago on national television and people, rightly, are outraged. People want justice, they want that killer locked up. A serial killer, child molester or rapist in this country sends chills down the spine. A monster like that touches us deep to the core and we want them brought to justice, knowing any defense will not be good enough. But, a serial killer, child molester and rapist in the Middle East... well, I guess we were to take the hands off approach. Show us stacks upon stacks, tons upon tons of evidence. What?

It never ceases to amaze me, the wide spectrum of people's view points. Last year in Oregon I believe it was, an environmentalist group lobbied a fresh water spring to be shut down to protect a type of endangered salmon, allowing farmer's crops to go without irrigation. But stand up and protect LIVES in another country? Show us a reason why. What does that say about our values. Out of sight out of mind?

I understand that we have problems in this country. Budgets. Downsizing. School systems. What if it were as simple as starting with the way we are to live our lives?

Help people when you can and someone will help you. Extend love and peace and you shall have that in your life. If running a country were only that easy. But, there are oil contracts, treaties, debts and I suppose a few "I'll scratch your back" gentlemen agreements along the way. I know that American soldiers have lost their lives on this mission, but maybe just maybe we have effected how people can live their lives freely from now on. Changing the course of their way of life- forever. Wow.

Once again, News Flash: We Caught The Biggest Weapon of Mass Destruction. Am I the only one that feels that way?

Ralna Krager is an advertising representative for the Pilot-Tribune.