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Some's Hot, Some's Not 

by B.K. Carter
This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time and phone number.

The War ..... You've probably read and heard about this war ad nauseam and from far better commentators than I. But I blather on about everything else and since I've been watching this like the horror of watching a train wreck, I might as well weigh in.

I, like many other Americans, spent the first few days of the war glued to my television set. Of course, until the bombing of Baghdad, not much was happening but I kept watching, if for nothing else than to see what the news media would come up with next.

I watched hours of grainy videophone pictures of the back end of the tank in front of whichever media type was "embedded" in the tank behind. At one point early on, and this is the truth, one bored media type reported "We've seen hundreds of camels, and they look restless." I never saw any pictures of the camels, which may have been more interesting than the back end of a tank, and I really want to know how that newsperson knew the "camels are restless."

I really thought that the 24/7 coverage of the war would have abated somewhat by now. What did CNN, MSNBC, and Fox talk about all day before the war coverage?

I would like to suggest that during the next war each combatant be issued a videophone and let them interview each other. It might be more interesting.

And speaking of interviews, I think every Coalition Force soldier fighting in Iraq has been interviewed--all 300,000 of them. We have enough news media in Iraq that maybe arming them might win the war sooner.

I have continually flipped back and forth between CNN, MSNBC, and Fox. I know every detail of the war. I have listened to both sides in the public relations war between the nations. And I have to say that at least here, the Americans are winning. Those Iraqis need some better speech writers. But we are losing the PR war in the Arab countries. Maybe we should consider bombing Al-Jazeeera TV even if it is located in Qatar, one of about our only friends in that part of the world.

Now I hate Saddam Hussein. I think he should be disposed. But I'm not sure we are the ones to do it. I sorta think maybe the Iraqis themselves should do it. But once the first shot was fired, I support our troops. I think we all should.

However, I defend the right of the anti-war protesters to make their feelings known as long as they don't break the law. One of the reasons we want to get rid of Saddam is because he won't let his citizens protest.

Our country is on the horns of a dilemma. If chemical or biological weapons are used against us, it will prove our point that Saddam Hussein had these weapons all along, but it would be a tragic experience. However, if he doesn't use these weapons, and no weapons are found, our case for invasion is thin.

Meanwhile, our traditional European friends, France and Germany, are mad at us and we don't care; we're mad at them. Turkey has gone from being a friend that will let us use their land for staging (if we pay them enough) to threatening to invade Iraq themselves. Bush has included $1 billion in his $75 billion war request for "economic aid" to Turkey. So what are we doing now? Paying them to keep them from invading?

Please know that I support our troops one hundred percent and hate to say anything for fear of discouraging them. It's their political leaders I'm concerned about.

I can't imagine what the troops' daily life is like in the middle of the desert, eating all that terrible food, little water to drink much less bathe very often, and getting shot at regularly. They're told to treat locals carefully, locals who may pull a machine gun from their robes and open fire.

They are so very brave.

Now we have Bush going to Congress to ask for $75 billion to conduct the war. Wait a minute! What happened to that 3 TRILLION dollar surplus we used to have. Thank goodness, our 10 year national nightmare of peace and prosperity are over.

B. K. Carter is publisher of the Fort Bend Star. You can e-mail her at

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