Dr. Rahim Farid, a local physician, listened intently to President Bush's speech last night. Farid is quite familiar with the politics of the Middle East.
The Tehran, Iran, native came to America in 1953 and established his medical practice here in Brazil in 1961.
The Brazil Times talked with Farid by telephone today to get his reaction to the President's words giving Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq or face military intervention.
"I'm against war, with no excuse," he said. "I do not support that statement which will cause a lot of collateral damage for innocent people.
"My mother's home was bombed by missles in 1988. I kept her here for 10 years in a nursing home. But I still can't go along with war. War is a sign of shortcomings of man's reasoning.
"It could have been done by peaceful means," Farid said. "Unfortunately, that's the way he's done it. So we have to follow it."
Farid still has three sisters and a brother in Iran. He's leaving today to return to Iran to visit his family. he did not say when he planned to return to the United States.