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An Idea for a reality TV show

BY Hooman Moradmand

I am sick and tired of all arguments over the war. The last one I heard about was "building a moral case for war" by some pro-war countries. At the end of the day, war is war, not a moral thing. Can you imagine a moral missile? Anyway, where were those "moral" governments when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against his own citizens and Iranian soldiers in the '80s? They simply preferred to turn a blind eye on those events. They took the time enough to withdraw their diplomatic envoys only when Iraq ended the war with Iran, refurbished his army, and invaded Kuwait after a few years. There used to be a word for it ... what was it? Hmmm ... oh, I remember now: HYPOCRISY.

What about weapons of mass destruction? I don't need to raise the question of "how imminent is the danger." You are already aware of various arguments on that, and I'd rather save you from the boredom of those discussions here.

However, even if there were weapons of that nature, there should be no pending war over it. If diplomats and politicians opt for war on hitting every single bump on the road, they should stop calling themselves diplomat. And next time we will vote for military generals instead of people who are supposed to use every diplomatic channel.

On the other hand, those governments that are against the war do not have moral grounds for their opposition either. France and Germany simply see their control over European Union's future slipping away. Not only that, more of their control will be left in US hands after Iraqi oil fields are exploited by pro-American consortia. They were not thinking about civilian lives --based on which these governments build their case against the war, when they were busy equipping a warring Saddam Hussein with state of the art weapons. To some Iraqis, these two countries are just standing in the way of Iraq's freedom only to keep their own stature in Europe and the world. For now, though, French and German governments continue to enjoy their ride on popular waves in their countries. Enough is already said about Russia and China's would-be practice in similar situations. When was the last time Russia consulted UN and tried to build consensus before attacking a country, e.g. Afghanistan?

It is once again ordinary people who are manipulated by politics and end up paying the price either way, perhaps one way more than the other. I wish, just for a change, there would be a sports arena where politicians fight to death with one another gladiator-style and people were left to live their lives. The first contestants would be George W Bush and Saddam Hussein in a ... let's say, new reality TV show. Then the French and German statesmen could sort out their issues with their British and Eastern European counterparts. I would be so there to watch this show.

About the author:
Hooman lives in Ottawa, Canada. He writes easy going column-like essays based on his observations whereby conclusion is left to the reader to draw.

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