Former advisor and consultant on Middle East business to Saddam Hussein's government
Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"The Middle East is where the United States does the right thing for the wrong reason with disturbing consistency. The developing confrontation between the Bush administration and Iraq represents a radical expansion of this maxim and threatens to produce the Muslim-West conflict that Osama bin Laden wants...
Whatever reasons the United States had 10 years ago for stopping short of attacking Iraq directly on land collapsed Sept. 11.
Yet if the reasons for overthrowing Hussein are emotional, then the reasons for not doing it now are overwhelmingly practical. They are Iraqi, Arab, Muslim and Western reasons. They have to do with timing, morality–was Hussein involved in the Sept. 11 attacks?–acceptability and consequences.
A war against Hussein at this juncture would be disastrous on a practical level. Justifying it would destroy all hopes for understanding between East and West."
"Resist the Urge to Attack Iraq," Los Angeles Times, Dec. 12, 2001