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Diplomatic efforts to avoid war fell short, man says.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Name: Joe Massimi, 59

Interviewed: At Eugene Public Library

Background: Single, lived in Eugene three years

"I thought more diplomacy could have been done," says Joe Massimi of Eugene. "The guy is obviously a monster, and getting rid of him was a good thing, but I wish we'd tried more diplomacy first.

"I'm disappointed that so few Arabic nations didn't execute themselves better," says Massimi, a voracious reader of several newspapers. "They weren't working too hard to urge Saddam Hussein to step aside, and they were supposed to be our allies.

"I think our military has shown great restraint in terms of avoiding civilian casualties. I certainly hope we can get the infrastructure rebuilt and the oil flowing so folks can get back on their feet - without a lot of aid from us. We've got a lot of our own problems that need to be taken care of. Charity starts at home."

- Jeff Wright
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Title Annotation:General News
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 17, 2003
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