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War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In

The war with Iraq continues to generate global controversy. On a smaller scale, that's reflected in the results of this month's Light Reading Research Poll.

A total of 251 respondents have weighed in so far, most prior to the outbreak of hostilities. And judging by their answers, it looks as if they are just as divided on the need for the war as the rest of the public.

A full 38 percent of respondents think war with Iraq is not justified; 31 percent said it was; another 31 percent said it was justified only if backed by UN approval.

Respondents seem generally unified, though, on the potential impact of war on the telecom recession. Most think it's a negative: 67 percent of respondents said the outbreak of war would deepen and prolong the recession. Of those, most thought this effect would be minimal: 40 percent said war would deepen the recession "a bit," while 27 percent thought it would do so "a lot."

Respondents were divided on whether war could hurt the OFC Conference next week in Atlanta. A full 58 percent said it won't have much impact, but 39 percent said if war broke out before the conference, plans would likely continue but "hardly anybody" would turn up.

NOTE: There's some evidence that the war has had some impact on OFC. See today's news analysis: OFC: The Show Must Go On.

Separately, readers continue to join several threads of discussion about the war and the telecom market generated by a story published earlier this month (see The Effect of War on Telecom). Check it out. But beware: Some threads have gone far afield of the original topic and reflect the conflicting feelings the war continues to fuel.

— Mary Jander, Senior Editor, Light Reading

For up-to-date information about the coming OFC Conference, please visit Light Reading’s Unauthorized OFC Preview Site.

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single mode figure 12/5/2012 | 12:23:52 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In As I travel the country I've notice that we've embraced the third world and are showing signs of becoming one ourselves. How warfare will affect our long term embrace of the world remains unclear.

I'd like the leave a world much better off for the children of us all.
crapshooter 12/5/2012 | 12:23:51 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In I could have sworn it was there a few minutes ago...
single mode figure 12/5/2012 | 12:23:50 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In I noticed recently I got a promotion to light dragon, two days later I got demoted back to fusilier, it reminds of being back in the army when i got busted for awol...
gea 12/5/2012 | 12:23:50 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In What I find very annoying about most of the War discussion, both on these boards as well as elsewhere, is that the poeple with the strongest opinions on the subject seem to know the least about it. None of them seem to know anything about the middle east, or US involvement therein, aside from what they see on TV.

DO SOME READING PEOPLE AND THEN OPEN YOUR MOUTHS.

PS: Uh...where did my previous post go? Man that was fast!
dwdm2 12/5/2012 | 12:23:47 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In DO SOME READING PEOPLE AND THEN OPEN YOUR MOUTHS.

Good suggestion, but what to read? Do you think people ever going to learn how to leave together?
dodo 12/5/2012 | 12:23:45 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In "Do you think people ever going to learn how to leave together?"

I believe you meant "live together"

Before one can do that, one has to know how to respect one's neighbour irrespective of creed, clour, religion or race. Unfortunately, going through history (with an H), we have seen that even before JC and from Boeadicia to the man in Space, we have not learnt how to live next to our neighbours.

Today, we may have Lords or aristocrats sitting in parliament or the House in some countries whilst some well heeled and educated ones are governing other countries, the fact remain that the Human Being is a doomed beast.

Poverty, famine , greed and all the other sins have survived.
dodo 12/5/2012 | 12:23:45 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In "Do you think people ever going to learn how to leave together?"

I believe you meant "live together"

Before one can do that, one has to know how to respect one's neighbour irrespective of creed, clour, religion or race. Unfortunately, going through history (with an H), we have seen that even before JC and from Boeadicia to the man in Space, we have not learnt how to live next to our neighbours.

Today, we may have Lords or aristocrats sitting in parliament or the House in some countries whilst some well heeled and educated ones are governing other countries, the fact remain that the Human Being is a doomed beast.

Poverty, famine , greed and all the other sins have survived.
dwdm2 12/5/2012 | 12:23:43 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In Good points, agreed.
ArAmOp 12/5/2012 | 12:23:40 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In Being an Arab American, I should be the one watching the drastic events in Iraq the most, let alone commenting on them.

However, with the rise of lack of tolerance we've been noticing since 9/11 terrorist attacks, I find it hard to express my opinions (although I am a professional, in Telecom, one of the most diverse industry in the nation), since I am torn in between being an American, who loves this nation and its values, and wishes All God's and Man's bounties to be bestow upon this nation that has made me who I am, and being an Arab who is quite proud of his heritage and culture, and wishes to spare his fellow Arabs the destruction and tragic consequences of THE war.

It is becoming increasingly harder for us, Arab Americans, to simply say we are against war, and even if we stand up against all odds, and say so, we have to begin by a long speech about how cruel and inhumane Saddam is.

Just thought I'd add my two cents, wishing everyone peace and success.
jensonee 12/5/2012 | 12:23:39 AM
re: War With Iraq: Readers Weigh In I don't mind the US going into Iraq and kicking
Saddam out. After all the things we've done
to support the ass in the past. But why is a man
like Bush, who is basically a lot like Saddam
in the level of concern for anyone other than his own small circle of friends, doing this deed? He
could care less for the average person in Iraq. He certainly cares less for the average person in the USofA so why spend the big bucks to aid the people in a distant land?
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