IT WOULD be impossible to imagine that the Bush administration did not know what it was doing when it chose or agreed to Jan. 15 as D-Day in the Persian Gulf.
That is the day by which Saddam Hussein must remove his patriots from Kuwait or see the Middle East explode into a cauldron of disaster.
But Jan. 15 is a day with more than passing importance in the United States. In fact, the choice of Jan. 15 as a date of ultimatum for war could hardly have been more ironic.
Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King Day. Martin Luther King Jr. was America's Gandhi. More than any other patriot, he represents non-violent confrontation and the peaceful resolution of nearly irreconcilable differences. It was his disarming of aggression that ended the timeless supremacy of institutional racism in the South.
To supplant this day of peace with a day celebrating the threat of annihilation by fire is an injustice and a terribly sad commentary on the times. It does not bode well for a peaceful solution to the invasion of Kuwait.