- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 28, 2003

The following is the text of a question from a multiple-choice test on the war in Iraq, translated from Korean. It is from an exam prepared by the Korean Teachers and Educational Workers Union, and was provided by the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

Question: Which is not a reasonable justification for opposing the war against Iraq? Choose one.



1) [Saddam] Hussein was elected by the Iraqi people, but it is also true that he is a tyrant who has held on to his power for a long time. If this gives reason for the war against Iraq, then does this mean that the U.S. has reason to hit North Korea and other countries such as [Fidel] Castro’s Cuba and [Moammar] Qaddafi’s Libya?

2) If the war against Iraq started because the country has [weapons of mass destruction], then doesn’t this mean that the United States, which possesses the greatest amount of WMD in the world, should be attacked by the U.N. forces?

3) If the war started because Saddam Hussein oppressed the Kurds for calling for independence, then why did the United States support Hussein and provide funding and weapons to him when he had oppressed the Kurds in the past? And why didn’t the United States attack Russia when it used its tanks to invade Chechnya for pursuing its independence?

4) If it is true that the United States started the war because Hussein and [Osama] bin Laden planned and carried out 9/11 together, then why is it that the United States cannot provide any evidence of this? And why is it that the two (Hussein and bin Laden) denounce each other as the traitor of Allah?

5) If the war started because Hussein oppressed the human rights of the Iraqi people, then does this mean that [South] Korea should also be attacked by the United States for the same reason, since it has been branded by the Human Rights Committee of the U.N. as a country that fails to uphold its people’s human rights for reasons such as overly strict censoring of student conduct, dress codes and incarceration of former North Korean spies for refusing to denounce their communist beliefs, based on its national-security law?

6) All of the answers above are reasonable; therefore there is no answer.

Source: U.S. Embassy in Seoul

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