Sun, Jan 21, 2018 04:34 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Test Copy 2
Our attention, like millions of others around the globe, has been fixed on the TV screens as the shooting in Iraq has begun.

Very little else matters at the moment — with the obvious exception of what's happening here at home with our worries that terrorists will use this occasion to strike out at us.

Whether you are a hawk or a dove in the debate over our involvement in this affair, you can't help but be profoundly affected by the sights and sounds of those bombs falling on Baghdad.

This is not fiction. It's not Bruce Willis or Arnold Swarzeneggar filling Hollywood bad guys with lead.

This is real.

Somebody is really dying where those bombs are falling.

We hope it stops soon, and we hope their are no innocent Iraqi civilians and absolutely no American soldiers or our allies among the casualties.

Clearly our military officials have decided that this war will be much more accessible back home than the last one was.

During the Gulf War 13 years ago, the media was severely restricted from covering actual battles, but this time the journalists have been made part of the troops.

Whether that is good or bad is yet to be determined, but there could be one very positive result from this up close and personal account of war.

Maybe the realities of war will so sicken us or so influence the war makers that we will never, ever have another one to play out before our very eyes.

We stand firm in our support for America's involvement in this action for two reasons.

First, we think this war is justified because the people of Iraq are unable to cast off the vicious tyrant Saddam Hussein and his murderous, psycho sons on their own.

And, we know from Saddam's own admission that his brutal regime is a sponsor of and a sanctuary for the terrorist organizations that have vowed to kill American men, women and children whenever and wherever they can.

We'd like nothing better than to return our attention to the issues back home, like election fraud, bad water, drug abuse, financially strapped local governments and less than adequate educational systems.

Those are matters than cannot be neglected ... and will not be neglected, by this newspaper, anyway.

But right now we just can't help but keep one eye on CNN and another looking over our shoulders for those damned terrorists.

As Walter Cronkite would say, "that's the way it is."

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