The images of bombs falling on Baghdad are a surreal sight for foreign exchange students at Brainerd High School.
"I can't see it anymore," said Kai Kottmann, from Germany. "I followed it closely for two days. It's like a bad movie, like a continuation of reality television."
"It's like on every channel," said Riccarda Furtsch, from Switzerland. "They even interrupted the boys' high school basketball tournament for it."
Kottmann and Furtsch are two of several exchange students from all over the world who've been in Brainerd since August, and have watched the war unfold the past week.
And while they think Saddam Hussein shouldn't be in power in Iraq, most think the U.S.- and British-backed war to remove him is wrong.
"I'm against the war," said Thierry Banquet, from Switzerland. "America has got its hands into too many things. So far nobody can explain to me why this war is happening. I couldn't be for it."
"In Germany we don't like Saddam in power, but there are better ways to get him out of power," said Heiko Langel, from Germany. "In my opinion, I think it's illegal, against international law."
Added Lihn Nguyen, from Vietnam: "On television, a lot of people seem to want war. I'm one who doesn't want war. I hope it is done soon."
The exchange students from Germany support their country's opposition to the war in the United Nations. "It's the first time France and Germany have agreed upon anything," joked Kottmann.
And most of the exchange students don't think less of the American people, though several, like Furtsch and Langel, were shocked at the support the war receives from almost three-quarters of Americans. Langel noted a survey he saw said about 90 percent of Americans polled couldn't find Iraq on a map. "The people should have more information before their country starts bombing," said Langel.
Most of their criticism and skepticism was aimed at President Bush.
"I don't like the way America wants to be the world's police," said Kim Jensen, from Denmark. Kottmann said he doesn't share the world view of Americans as cowboys. He said his only disagreement is with U.S. foreign policy. Jensen also questioned Bush's assertion that Iraq still has weapons of mass destruction, noting none have been found.
"A lot of people don't like Bush in power," said Langel.
Nicolas Uribe, from Colombia, said he questions his country's support of the war.
"They don't have a good reason. America is saying that 40 countries support the coalition," said Uribe. "They're mostly Third World countries, like mine, and the U.S. is buying their vote."
However long the war goes, each of them agreed with Kottmann's assessment that rebuilding Iraq will be the true test, and that it could take longer than the war.
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