Preventing worse

In a commentary (Jan. 30) K.I. Angelopoulos states, «Even a child knows the reasons why Washington is anxious to stage a showdown against Iraq.» He implies that the reason for war is Iraqi oil. A war in Iraq will cost the United States several hundred billion dollars, damage the US economy, cost many American lives, and alienate friendly governments in the Middle East. Only someone with the naivete of a child would believe that the US would pay this price to control Iraqi oil. Jim Boockholdt, Birmingham, Alabama