Saddam is a familiar dictatorial aggressor, with traditional goals for his aggression.
But there is scant evidence to tie Saddam to terrorist organizations, and even less to the Sept. 11 attacks.
America has never seen itself as a national state like all others, but rather as an experiment in human freedom and democracy.
My point was that removing Saddam should not have been our highest priority. Fighting terrorism should have been our number one concern, followed by the Palestinian peace process.
But the central point is that any campaign against Iraq, whatever the strategy, cost and risks, is certain to divert us for some indefinite period from our war on terrorism.