A possible solution?

Seen in today's Arizona Republic:

Use frozen embryos to end crisis

Prime Minister Fuad Saniora of Lebanon, among others, has called for an immediate cease-fire to stem the rising tide of civilian casualties in his country.

The Bush administration, through Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, says that an unconditional cease-fire would be nothing but a "false promise." A "false promise" to some, perhaps, but not to the Lebanese civilians who will continue to be maimed and die. However, since these civilian casualties (being Lebanese and not American) are mere "collateral damage," many think that nothing can be done to save them.

And yet there is one sure way that Saniora could induce the United States to call for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire. Simply issue every Lebanese civilian a frozen embryo to carry around in his or her pocket! (Preferably an American frozen embryo.)

As Bush press secretary Tony Snow says: Killing a frozen embryo is "murder."

And U.S. policy is never to support or condone murder in any form.

Isn't it?

Charles Sobieski, Scottsdale

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