RESIDENTS TALK ABOUT IRAQ WAR - Kristen Friend-Weaver

04/10/03

Conversations with Florida residents indicate that both the course of the war with Iraq and the media coverage it has received have altered some opinions about both its necessity and legitimacy. Cindy Verner, a student at HCC, says that she was unaware of how grave the situation was for people living under Saddam Hussein…

Verner however is less certain of how much of what she considers to be the burden of reconstruction the United States should bear alone…

Stephanie Incena of Bradenton agrees that the course of the war has affected her opinions, saying that some of her initial reservations about war have lessened…

Incena, however, is more positive about the role the United Nations should take in the reconstruction efforts…

In fact, all of those interviewed agreed that the United States could not be solely responsible for post-war Iraq. Some believed the cost would be too high, while others think that it is either unfair or immoral for US corporations to be the sole beneficiaries of the war effort. One HCC student who did not wish to be identified, wonders how much of any profits from the post-war effort will be shared by the Iraqi people…

Ari McCaskell agrees, citing UN involvement as critical…

Others, like Jeff Ginn of North Carolina were slightly less cynical of the potential benefit for Iraq’s citizens…

Regardless of their feelings about the war, many FLorida residents have become closely tied to the fighting through their children. Claudette Jones of Tampa said that she thought the war was inevitable, but hopes to see friends come home soon…

For WMNF news, I’m Kristen Friend-Weaver.

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