United States should give up on Iraq

Yesterday was the last day United Nations inspectors had to look for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They were unsuccessful. Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the U.N. security council that he “found no evidence that Iraq has revived its nuclear weapons program since the elimination of the program in the 1990s.”

However, instead of realizing that Iraq just may not have any weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said, “Iraq’s time for choosing peaceful disarmament is fast coming to an end.” He also said that the United States will meet with its allies later in the week to decide whether to go to war.

So, even though there is no reason to believe that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, the United States is threatening war with Iraq. Powell said that the issue is “how much time Iraq should be given to turn on the lights and come clean.”

UN inspectors had time to search for the weapons, and the International Atomic Energy Agency was searching for Iraqi nuclear programs and found none.

Even if they had weapons –which it’s now obvious they don’t — how much of a threat could that country be?

If the country would just admit that Iraq isn’t a threat to the United States, this whole threatening to bomb Iraq panic would be over, the nation’s money could be used for something more useful, and citizens wouldn’t have to worry about being involved in another war.