Brandi Delly, age 11
West Baltimore Middle School
* QUESTION: Is this war all about oil?
* ANSWER: The night the war began, President George Bush addressed the nation. Here's what he said that night about the country's reasons for going to war: "Our objectives are clear. Saddam Hussein's forces will leave Kuwait. The legitimate government of Kuwait will once again be free . . . when peace is restored, it is our hope that Iraq will live as a peaceful and cooperative member of the family of nations, thus enhancing the security and stability of the gulf." So the war is about not letting a country like Iraq take over a smaller country like Kuwait. And it is also about protecting a free international market for crude oil, which fuels the economies of many countries around the world, including our own.