What's All the Fuss about Iraq?
The news these days is full of talk about Iraq. Why is that?
Well, that question has a short answer and a long answer.
Here's the short answer:
The United Nations has sent teams of inspectors to Iraq to see if the Iraqis are still building chemical or biological weapons, something they are prohibited from doing by international law.
Especially since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. and other countries are wary of anyone or any country that has large amounts of weapons of all kinds: missiles, bombs, chemical. Iraq has a lot of all three, and Iraqi officials have made lots of noise lately about not being afraid to use such weapons.
On the theory that it's a good idea to eliminate a possible threat before it becomes a real one, the U.S. and other countries are pressing Iraq to, by allowing weapons inspections, prove that it has no intention of launching a terrorist attack.
Does Iraq have something to hide? Does Iraq have secret stashes of lots and lots of weapons? That's what the U.S. and the U.N. want to find out. That's what all the fuss is about.
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