The North American empire is admired by some, condemned by others, but feared by all. There are those, including the British Prime Minister, who see it as the mighty defender of the civilized world's values.
You keep thinking of the people in that Moscow theater, how their jeopardy seemed to familiar to you. Once, an ordeal like that - masked captors, the bombs, the ticking clock - would have been unimaginable outside of novels, but no more.
Walter Cronkite, the veteran newsman who covered almost every major world event that took place during his six-decade career, on Sunday warned that if the United States takes action against Iraq without support from the United Nations it could set the stage for World War III.
If the U.N. Security Council fails to adopt a resolution holding Iraq "in material breach" of its many disarmament agreements, that refusal will have consequences for the U.N. and several of its member nations.