What do Bowdoin students think about war with Iraq?
Take a few minutes to look at YOUR opinions concerning the possible war with Iraq.
This survey was distributed to 400 randomly selected students through campus mail on Monday October 21, 2002. Results were collected in a box placed in Smith Union until October 23. Out of 400 surveys distributed, we received 85 responses. Thank you to all of you who took the time to respond.
We conducted this survey with a few goals in mind: First, to give students the chance to make their opinions heard, second, to measure the feelings of Bowdoin students in regards to a possible war with Iraq, and third, to encourage discussion on the possible war with Iraq. Take a look at the results!
"I believe that the US government has the best interest of its people in mind as it discusses the possibility of war in Iraq. Despite the obvious personal grudges that the current administration holds against Saddam Hussein, I believe that if an attack is to take place, it will be to eliminate a present or future threat against the United States."
"If Iraq does have weapons of mass destruction, attacking them will only give them reason to use them People's mothers, fathers, children, and friends are not just "collateral damage." There is no justification for civilian casualties, which will occur if there is a war. Most likely, half of such deaths will be children. The proposed war is motivated by oil and Bush's re-election and is a shameless display of U.S. arrogance."
"In order to [have] real peace, peace that people respect and are willing to defend, sometimes you need to go to war. "Peace protests" accomplish nothing and have obscured the true meaning of the word "peace."
"Peace but why? Not going to war for the wrong reasons is just as bad as going to war for the wrong reasons."