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Journal of Purdy (2383)

Monday February 10, 2003
02:04 PM

Peace is not always the answer

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As an un-objective writer (I admit it - it's hard to be objective when inundated with the US media/POV everyday), I'm fully behind our President in whatever course our country (and its allies) takes with Iraq. It's easy for me to say that, since it will have relatively little impact on me, personally (though I may pay more for gas and my stocks may take a hit). I've said it before: I believe our leaders are operating on a greater knowledge of world affairs than I, and their decisions are just and right.

It would be great to have an unified stance on Iraq from the rest of the world, but that will never happen (try to get a room full of your friends to agree on political/religious matters).

The conservative talk shows here are quick to point out that France & Germany aren't falling into line because of power/money issues, but can you blame them for looking out for themselves? The US is currently doing that, too.

I do, however, find disturbing the report I heard (again, on a conservative talk show) that France shared UN Inspection plans with Iraq Intelligence in order to ensure their investment in Iraq-based businesses and contracts would continue to be solvent. One country should not undermine a world-unified initiative, especially one to disarm a dangerous regime.

So peace is great. Anti-war demonstrations are great, too - they show that people should be allowed the right to self-expression and that they provoke our leaders to fully consider the ramifications of their decisions.

But evil should not go unchecked.

Jason

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  • Man, what a pleasure to read. It's so nice to find such reasoned and insightful messages online. I'd like to reply to a couple of your statements.

    I believe our leaders are operating on a greater knowledge of world affairs than I, and their decisions are just and right.

    I'd like to believe so as well. Those in power should have a greater perspective through through better information. Why can't they pass along this insight, though? Logical arguments stand by themselves. If there's a logical argume


    • Why can't they pass along this insight, though?

      I've heard it said that it's because most of our intel comes from sources that upon divulgence of the intel would compromise the source. Kind of self-deflecting, but I agree that it would be much more satisfactory to have the "smoking gun" and photos of it. I just don't see a photo op with Saddam striking a pose next to some dirty nukes or something like that.

      ...should we be ready to go to war over a political/religious matter?

      History has shown tha

      • I've heard it said that it's because most of our intel comes from sources that upon divulgence of the intel would compromise the source. Kind of self-deflecting, but I agree that it would be much more satisfactory to have the "smoking gun" and photos of it.

        Yeah, I've heard that too. Accepting that that might be the case, I'd think that we could share it with leaders in France and Germany, though. If there were convincing evidence, I'd expect them to be... well... convinced.

        Of course, it might be tha

  • I believe our leaders are operating on a greater knowledge of world affairs than I, and their decisions are just and right.

    After giving a feather-slap to Microsoft's wrist for criminal misuse of monopoly power, and extending the Mouse's copyright beyond my likely lifetime; I find it difficult to believe that any policy puts just and right on the priority list - it is what is best for General's Bullmoose and Bullwinkle? that is clearly of the highest concern.

    • Welcome to the US/American way: capitalism & democracy - where the dollar is king and we the people have the power to change things, if we have money to throw at the people we put in power (see all the loops in there?).

      You bring up two domestic issues that most of us agree were mishandled, and there are likely more. You could also add historical international issues (Vietnam, Iran-Contra, Bay of Pigs Invasion, etc). "Just and right" are subjective to those that hand down the decisions that affect the
  • This war has everything to do with isreal and nothing to do with Weapons of mass Destruction.

    Any weapons that Iraq has were sold to them by the US, and the UK, or given freely - remember Donald Rusmfield was still giving Iraq weapons just before the last gulf war.

    The reason we are going to war is to protect our interests in kuwait (not democratic) and isreal (a racist military state in contravention of UN resolutions).

    If this was really about the UN being taken seriously then China would be taken to t

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