To the editor,
I am writing to join American, European and Middle Eastern leaders in their opposition to U.S. military action against Iraq. President Bush has made menacing, if somewhat cryptic, comments suggesting he will punish Iraq for rejecting calls for international weapons inspection.
Pursuing military action against Iraq would not only punish innocent Iraqi children, it would also alienate U.S. allies in the Middle East at a time when their cooperation is needed more than ever. The long-term efficacy of the War on Terrorism will depend on intelligence gathering and effectively freezing terrorist assets in the Muslim world. If the U.S. tries to topple Iraq, it risks losing its grip on terrorist activity elsewhere.