I'm deeply suspicious of those who would manipulate America's justifiable anger away from the perpetrators and toward their personal agenda of a rematch with Iraq, especially when the war on al Qaeda, while thus far successful, is far from over, and noting that a war with Iraq could hinder the US in its pursuit of al Qaeda. And for this suspicion, they have no one to blame but themselves.
I have no doubt that Iraq poses a threat, but the burden is on the hawks to prove that war is the only feasible response, a case that I have yet to see made. Even the Administration has dropped its claim of an al Qaeda-Iraq connection. (I'm pleased to see hints that the Administration is considering a slower but surer course of enforcing existing UN resolutions to put the squeeze on Saddam.) No one is advocating doing nothing, but bogus claims, dark hints and exaggerations are far from convincing; they have exactly the opposite effect.
Make no mistake about it: I want to see al Qaeda purged from the face of the Earth. I want its remaining leaders rounded up. I want whoever knows of bin Laden's fate found and interrogated, and if he's still alive, I want him brought to justice. I want to see the first successful Muslim democracy established in Afghanistan.
I don't want the Administration to forget who started this war in its eagerness to settle an old score.