You're either afraid of Saddam Hussein or you're not.

If you're not, you don't want to do something so massively disruptive as a big fat war designed to disarm an entire nation and topple it's dictatorial leader.

That explains the French and the Germans and — for some weird reason — the Saudis. They're not afraid of Saddam, because he hasn't expressed any desire to go whack them.

If you are afraid of Saddam — that would be me and President Bush among many, many others — you think whacking the butcher is better done sooner than later.

So Bush goes out and says it over and over and over... and little by little, Congress — and even some Senate Democrats — is coming around.  When the truth is repeated often enough, it will eventually bore through even the toughest and most impenetrable noggin.

So since the Congress and even the Senate are all teed up to go along with Bush, it's time to start the drip-drip routine on the U.N. Security Council.

Four noggins must be penetrated with the truth. Those would belong to the Russians, the Chinese, the French and the Brits.

The Brits are with us and the others are looking for something in return before they succumb to the truth.

Of those, the French will be the hardest of hard heads because it's in their nature, and because they have such a large Arab Muslim constituency that they must please.

Will this happen? Yes.

When faced with a united America and a united Security Council, it will be up to Saddam to decide between war or peace. Which is it going to be?

That's My Word.

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