Originally Published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Before our nation commits itself to an invasion of Iraq, to war and its aftermath, I urge my fellow Americans to think ahead for a moment and soberly question some popular assumptions:

Is this really the project that we want to rally the world around?

Is this really the best way to prevent future terrorism?

Do we really know where this path is going to take us?

Is this really how we want to jump-start our ailing economy?

Is this really how we want to fuel our SUVs?

Is this really a fitting tribute to the victims of 9/11?

Is this really what will make us feel better?

Are these really the values we want to impart on our children?

Is this really what we want to pledge allegiance to when we pledge allegiance to the flag?