If reports are to be believed, President Bush is going to make the call on a war with Iraq in the next few days, perhaps as soon as tonight.
Sources are indicating that President Bush is drafting an address that will give Saddam Hussein 72 hours to disarm his regime before the United States initiates military action. If Saddam Hussein does not comply, the United States will unleash a military firestorm that will cripple the Iraqi military machine in a matter of hours. This war will likely see the use of munitions that will utterly eliminate Saddam Hussein’s command and control systems while sparing as many civilian lives as is humanely possible.
Signs are that China, France, and Russia will veto a UN resolution authorizing force against the Hussein regime. After that, the likely backlash from the United States and Great Britain could very well spell the end of the United Nations as a world body.
Things are moving, and quickly. It now appears that the actions of the last few weeks are reaching their logical end. While I wish war were truly avoidable, it appears that Saddam Hussein will not back down. While I wish the UN could survive to be something greater, it appears that the self-interest of a few will make that organization go the way of the League of Nations. While I wish our troops could be home with their families, they have to face down this threat.
Whatever happens in the next few days will be moments that will decide the fate of our world. Let’s all just hope that the decisions that are made are wise.