Bloodshed And Broadway

Julianne Moore
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

There's an interesting new play on Broadway by David Hare that has folks lining up for tickets.

It's the story of an idealistic journalist who has seen plenty of suffering in places like Sarajevo, who concludes that when America can intervene, it should. Thus, her support of the Iraq war. Much of the play is a conversation between the young woman, and her potential father-in-law, a British doctor.

Just about every conceivable argument for and against the war is heard in a spirited debate between four-time Oscar nominee Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy, who seems born to play the part.

As the president listens to suggestions about what to do next, the thing that can't be forgotten is: we did this. America chose this war. The resultant blood shed, and now ethnic cleansing, is something many people in the past would have suggested deserved U.S. intervention.

The real question is: Does our continued presence there cost or save lives?

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By Harry Smith