Amos you're absolutely right. Sorry about my rant - it in no way presents the total picture. I'm influenced by years of studying the work of Canadian sociologists (who are very fond of pointing out the more 'violent' nature of American history and behavior, as compared with Canadian - and presenting the usual questionable statistics to 'prove' it. Although the statistics on homicides are quite 'objective' and easily verifiable imo).
The prospect of war with Iraq fills me with fear and anger and despair and I'm not at my best when scared, angry or depressed. Sorry if I pointed the finger - I know there's three pointing directly back at ME.
Peace and hope