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  US Strung Up By Inspectors' Report?
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
8 February 2003

The U.S. will not be strung up by the Blix report - not even dovish Colin Powell, who has stated we will go it alone if necessary.

Not fair. Powell knows it. That’s why he states the US will go it alone, if necessary.

US will not be strung up by Hans Blix and Company’s report — which could very well state that the inspections team found no "smoking gun."

What of it?

World’s sane citizenry knows by now . . .

* that Blix and boys haven’t had an interview with one honest Iraqi scientist.
* Hussein has planted some stooges as scientist-appear-alikes.
* He has threatened to kill an Iraqi scientist who gives an honest interview to inspectors.
* All sorts of hide-aways holding weaponry are still behind Iraqi screens.
* Inspectors have been treated nicely — and that’s it, admitted Blix. Blix has stated his team received shallow data, nothing hardcore.

So a Blix report is supposed to put the final touch on Yea or Nay concerning a war with Iraq? US says firmly: "Not."

Therefore, US Secretary of State Colin Powell went on record before the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that the US will act solo if need be.

Iraqis have displayed the "same old tactics of deceit and delay" regarding providing substantive detail. For that, the US will "not shrink from war if that is the only way to rid Hussein of weapons of mass destruction."

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair knows the US truth-set. On BBC’s Breakfast with Frost, he said that "when America is taking on these tough and difficult questions, our job is to be there. . .not simply there as fair-weather friends."

Enemy would have US drag this staged inspections charade out ad infinitum,

* wearing down US average citizen,
* weakening the Bush public integrity perception,
* teeter-tottering present US allies,
* adding to the enemies’ list,
* and pushing military in the Middle East flush into the worsening hot-sun conditions just around the calendar.

At this present moment, the US still is sharp in motive, message and militia. None of that can be blunted because of the enemies’ persistent game playing — the latter maxing out hourly.

"The nexus of tyrants and terror, of terrorists and weapons of mass terror, is the greatest danger of our age," Powell said. He reiterated the necessity of Iraq accounting for a lengthy list of missing materials including biological weapons. "These are questions of life and death and they must be answered."

Ever teach a class of hoodlums? Try to get to lunchtime without desks flying through the windows. Day starts with those wicked wallops smiling at you with their devilish grins. Then day proceeds till mayhem envelopes the room. You, the teacher, are done in by mid-morn. Those seasoned upsets knew their game plan before you walked through the door.

Chart a lateral move to what’s going on with this inspections team frame-up.

Only US courtesy history has kept Bush and Company in the manners mode. It’s the North American way, after all. However, our leaders knew from the start that for the killers and thieves of the Middle East bureaucracy, manners-in-mock-up is stashed as the list’s bottom line. Murder tops the list.

Hence, Mr. Powell now speaks for US leadership in trumpeting the solo theme. No way will Tuesday morning break with the US strung up by Middle East murderers — and those who sit in the world’s alleys gloating over Hussein tricksters one more time pulling the rag over the world’s face.

Not on your life.

Still with sincere civility, Powell gives forth to the business and political leadership in the Swiss town of Davos: "We seek nothing for ourselves other than to bring about security for those who have suffered so much.

"Multilateralism cannot become an excuse for inaction," Powell said. "We seek nothing for ourselves other than to bring security. We will work through these issues patiently and deliberately with our friends and allies. . . Let the Iraqi regime have no doubt, however. If it does not disarm peacefully at this juncture, it will be disarmed at the end of the road.

"We will not shrink from war if that is the only way to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction. We continue to reserve our sovereign right to take military action against Iraq alone or in a coalition of the willing."

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BIO

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME

Graduate of accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.

Married for 41 years with 3 adult children.

Author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. Writer of weekly religion column for
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.

Hobbies: Traveling to South America, Europe, Middle East, Canada; writing;
watercolor painting; meeting new friends.

Current occupations: Pastor; Teacher at Alternative Learning School for
at-risk youths.

Pastorates: Calgary, Alberta; Indianapolis IN; Akron OH; Fishkill NY;
Manchester CT; Walpole MA; Windham ME.

Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided tour
of the Middle East.

Columnist for websites: MensNewsDaily.com, IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com,
Chalcedon.com, rePUNK.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com (USO Canteen Chapel link), WoundedShepherds.com (Insights link).