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By Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. (articles ) | Mar 24, 2003

Rod Dreher has written an interesting piece over at National Review Online entitled "War & Friendships." He details the experiences of many people who have lost friends as they debated the war in Iraq.

I, too, find myself at odds with longtime friends over Iraq. In my situation, most of my friends are devout, practicing Catholics who recognize Saddam Hussein as evil, but place more trust in the Pope's opposition to the war than in George W. Bush's warnings that it had to begin sooner rather than later. One friend tells me that the Pope is holier and wiser than she and thus she trusts his judgment above all.

On the other hand, I believe that the Pope is well-intentioned and while he opposes the war, he has not condemned it as immoral. I also believe that the president has more information about Saddam Hussein's regime than the Pope or I do and I trust him when he says that to wait would only place even more innocents in danger.

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