Those of you who believe that David Kelly actually committed suicide raise your hands.
Raise ?em higher, I can't see them. Well, I guess that might be because we're separated both spatially and temporally, or it might be because the coincidence that the man believed to be the one revealing "the big lie" behind Iraq just couldn't take the pressure any more.
Well, I guess it could be just that, a coincidence, but I think this is one of those times when a really irrefutable suicide note would be helpful, and maybe even some prior statements like "I'm so overwrought about this controversy I feel like killing myself."
Because it's just too much to believe that he just happened to kill himself. Clearly I'm not the only person to think that since the British government has called for a judicial review of his death.
Kelly, for the information deprived, was the expert on Iraqi weapons who supposedly told a BBC reporter that the British government hyped up reports about Iraq's weapons capabilities in order to promote the war against that country. Kelly's death led to the inevitable and highly melodramatic question to be posed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair "Do you have blood on your hands?"
But if Blair has blood on his hands, then so does George Bush and so do we all. So many Americans were quick to believe our chosen leaders when they sold Saddam Hussein to us as an immediate threat to our freedom and safety.
Even though North Korea is the country that has confessed to having a nuclear weapons program and soon should have the ability to drop one of those bombs right onto the U.S. of A., or at least California.
Now this man of science who loved his privacy is dead. Maybe he was just driven to despair over his certain knowledge that the world is not what he wanted and that nobody can be trusted.
Of course the need for a war was hyped. Some of us saw that when it was happening, and we're not surprised by the results. We're not taken aback that our soldiers now find themselves in a "classic guerilla-style" situation.
And no, I'm not foolish enough to think this isn't exactly what Saddam Hussein is hoping for, and that's why I believe our job in that country won't be finished until that man and his sons are dead or thoroughly in custody.
We picked this task and now we're stuck with it. We have to pay more attention as a people to the process that's happening there now.
Are we really putting them on the road to self-determination and democracy or are we just making sure they do it our way? Remember that our obvious puppet Ahmad Chalabi is part of the Governing Council we set up there.
So we need to finish what we started in Iraq or this bad situation will just have an even worse conclusion. But as Americans we all must look to our own actions and our own willingness to be blindly thorough in our support for something as horrible as war simply because our President says so.
Because you can't just take their word for it anymore.
Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.