To the Editor:
Former President Richard Nixon famously said “Watch what I do, not what I say.” If the United States attacks Iraq, other nations will surely watch what we do. If the United States can attack Iraq on the speculation that it might one day acquire weapons of mass destruction, why can't India attack Pakistan, which has nuclear weapons today? The U.S. government estimates that nuclear war between India and Pakistan would immediately kill 12 million people – and many more as the long-term radiological effects took toll.
Starting a war with Iraq is simple. The consequences are not.