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Opinions Aired on NPR About the War in Iraq

The Death of Pfc. Lori Piestewa
Commentator Margaret Erhart talks about the way schoolchildren on an Indian reservation near Tuba City, Ariz., reacted to death of Pfc. Lori Piestewa in the Iraq war. April 8, 2003

Bush-Blair Conference
President Bush and Prime Minister Blair's meeting in Belfast may be Blair's chance to stake his claim in postwar international relations, NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says. April 7, 2003

In France's Defense
Journalist Pierre Tristam comes to the defense of one nation that was publicly ridiculed for opposing the U.S. position on Iraq: France. April 7, 2003

Postwar Responsibilities
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr considers America's responsibilities once the war in Iraq is over. April 6, 2003

Arnett's Disservice
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says that by giving an interview to Iraqi state television, NBC's ex-correspondent Peter Arnett did his profession a disservice. April 2, 2003

A Just War
Commentator Douglas Kmiec says the war in Iraq is a just war, based on Saddam Hussein's brutal past history. April 2, 2003

Suicide Bombs
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says Iraq's tactics in the current war remind us that in an asymmetrical conflict, two sides don't always fight by the same rules. March 31, 2003

Iraq Culture
Commentator Lea Marshall says a verse of centuries-old Persian poetry reminds her of the art and the literature the Iraqi region has cultivated. She worries the U.S.-led military strike is destroying this precious and valuable culture. March 31, 2003

Fighting by the Rules
The United States and Britain have repeatedly charged Iraq with violations of the rules of war, notably when pictures of POWs were released and when Iraqi soldiers in civilian clothes pretended to surrender and then opened fire. Commentator and former Marine Steve Lickteig wonders if, in war there really can be rules. March 30, 2003

Arts & War
Commentator Paul Schwartz, a composer and producer, talks about the controversy created when the Dixie Chicks' lead singer criticized President Bush during a concert appearance in Britain earlier this month. Schwartz says the country music trio should not be punished for expressing an opinion. March 26, 2003

Athletes & War
Commentator Frank Deford talks about some of the American athletes, professional and amateur, who volunteered for military service during past wars and distinguished themselves in battle. March 26, 2003

A Season of War
NPR's Susan Stamberg shares her thoughts on the war. March 25, 2003

American in Paris
Commentator David Sedaris reflects on being an American in France during the war with Iraq. March 24, 2003

Civilian Support
Commentator Mike Turner recounts how much civilian support meant to him when he served in the first Gulf War. March 24, 2003

Moderate Muslims & Iraq
Commentator Fawaz Gerges reflects on the relationship between America and the Muslim world. March 24, 2003

Scott Simon Essays: Freedom for the Kurds
NPR's Scott Simon offers his thoughts on the war in Iraq in a series of essays. Simon comments on the fate of Iraq's Kurdish population, the potential unintended targets of bombs striking Baghdad, and the Iraqi soldiers who surrender to U.S. and British forces. March 22, 2003

Theater of War
After attending two theatrical productions -- the musical 1776 and Shakespeare's Henry V -- NPR's Bob Mondello reflects on the parallels with real-life events unfolding in Washington and Iraq. March 21, 2003

The War Begins
NPR's Alex Chadwick comments on the beginning of the Iraq war, one that has deeply divided world leaders and may have lasting effects on diplomacy and at the United Nations. March 20, 2003

The Moment of Truth
NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says President Bush's basis for invading Iraq rests on the assumption that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. As specialists assemble in Kuwait, preparing to search for the weapons, Mr. Bush is surely hoping for a moment of truth. March 19, 2003

War and the Economy
Commentator Ev Ehrlich says lawmakers on Capitol Hill should consider the looming Iraq war's economic impact before voting on the new federal budget. March 19, 2003

The U.S. and France
Commentator Frank Deford talks about the relationship between the United States and France. March 19, 2003

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