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Destroying the land and those who keep it

(Monday, March 17, 2003 -- CropChoice commentary) -- Three of the following pieces encapsulate the views of CropChoice on the impending U.S. war in Iraq. President Bush's crusade is wrong.

The fourth piece reminds us, yet again, of the plundering of America's rural heartland and the need to stop it.

Robert Schubert
CropChoice editor

1. Destroying the land and those who keep it

by Jim Goodman

(Monday, March 17, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- Although they keep saying war in Iraq is not inevitable, we all know it is. We know that most Americans do not want an invasion of Iraq, and we know that the rest of the world would like to "give peace a chance" as well. A war in Iraq is the hot item on George Bush's to do list. Getting Osama Bin Laden had been the hot item, but that didn't work out too well so he must have gone to plan B.

Iraq has been under siege for the past 12 years, they haven't been able to fight back, so they just sit there and take the almost daily bombing, sanctions and death. Hunger is a constant since farmland is destroyed and transportation is disrupted and of course farmers are killed...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1507

2. Well-oiled Christian soldiers

By Jerry Glover
Prairie Writers Circle

(Monday, March 17, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- National polls indicate we are largely a nation of Christians impressively united behind our national leader, also a Christian. We are also a nation facing the troubling thought of bombing people to maintain our lifestyle.

So where would Jesus, the moral compass of our nation, direct us in these troubled times? As the bumper stickers say, "WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?"...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1506

3. Speaking truth to GWB's moment of lies to the world

by A.V. Krebs
Editor, The Agribusiness Examiner

(Monday, March 17, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- "I will be harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation... I am in earnest... I will not equivocate . . I will not excuse...I will not retreat a single inch... AND I WILL BE HEARD."

--- William Lloyd Garrison, (1805-1879) Abolitionist Editor, The Liberator ("Our Country Is the World --- Our Countrymen Are Mankind")

As the United States stands this day virtually upon the precipice of determining the fate of not only our nation, but the entire world for generations to come silence in the face of George W. Bush's dogs of war is morally and politically unacceptable. At the risk, therefore, of alienating many of the readers of THE AGRIBUSINESS EXAMINER this issue is one journalist's effort to speak truth to absolute power, a power we can see each and every day is corrupting absolutely!!!...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1505

4. Resist the plunder of rural America

By Jim Scharplaz
Prairie Writers Circle

(Monday, March 17, 2003 -- CropChoice guest commentary) -- My friends Mike and Teresa are folksingers. I love the songs they sing, and the sound of their voices and guitars. One of their favorites is a song called "Paradise" by John Prine. The refrain goes:...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?RecID=1504