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21 March 2003

We rarely go to Reno, but remember one trip with the kids years and years ago when we visited Circus Circus, the one casino which has a floor specifically set aside for kids. The kids could play all sorts of games, but the favorite was always wack-a-mole, where they stood with a hammer as electronic moles popped up out of holes and they tried to hit them before they popped down again and another popped up somewhere else.

As I watched the reporting of the first strikes on Iraq, hearing that there had   been a Saddam sighting which required calling out the troops earlier than planned,   I got the image of a deadly game of wack-a-mole going on in the desert, with Hussein sightings causing strikes here and there, as he -- or one of his doubles -- disappears and reappears again.

"Nyah nyah nyah nyah," I can hear him laughing.

This war is different from any I've experienced in my 60 years. This is the first time I can remember that we have gone to war with the expressed goal of killing a world leader. Maybe we wanted to kill Hitler--I don't know--but we never said it out loud. We have now become self-declared executionists, sending millions of dollars of weaponry for the specific purpose of killing one man.

John Wayne is in the White House and nothing is right with the world.  It's the Gunfight at the OK Corral.  High Noon.  Only this time it's for real.  No stuntmen, blanks in the guns, or artificial blood.

The other thing that is different about this war is that we are all but alone in this one.  We have Britain and Australia, but we are being seen as the aggressor in many of the major countries of the world.  We're the bullies this time.

There is something so surreal about sitting in the comfort of your own home and watching bombs explode in another country while well-coiffed commentators give the play by play. You can hit "pause" on the Tivo so you don't miss anything while taking a potty break or fixing yourself a dish of ice cream.

There is something surreal about seeing a reporter, speaking through gas mask while sirens wail in the background, standing in a city where the life of the city is going on, the citizens seemingly oblivious to the danger.

This can't be real. This can't be happening. It's Survivor. Tell me it's Survivor and that at the end of the evening Jeff Probst is going to come on and someone is going to be voted off the desert.

"Saddam...the tribe has spoken..."

I sat here yesterday morning watching things move closer to the inevitable conflict and I was surprised to find myself crying.

When I came home from work, I turned the radio on and learned that the conflict had started, and I cried again.

I listen to the words of other world leaders, all denouncing this country for unwarranted hostilities. I wonder what we have unleashed.

As the sun comes up this morning (I have been working since 2 a.m.) and I pick up the newspaper off of the driveway, I am struck by the contrast of the blaring headlines with the peaceful pink sky promising another lovely day.

We are at war...God help us all.

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A policy that sets the United States above and apart from the rules that other states are expected to follow is ultimately unsustainable and self-defeating. Perpetuating U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons as a key component of protecting U.S. security will only make the acquisition of nuclear weapons more attractive to others, not less.

~ Daryl G. Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association

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