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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 that (all?) wars start on political/religious matters. The Civil War, WW1/2, Korean, Vietnam were political by nature. Crusades were religious. I, too, hope that humanity would rise above the solution (last resort) of war as an ends to a conflict.

      We have leaders who are so focused on their goals, no matter the costs, that peace is overlooked.

      Iraq has shown that it will not comply with UN resolutions unless forced or threatened. Things have escalated so highly, that the only threat left is war.

      I am scared of the reprocussions [idleworm.com] of a war (though that link is merely a game/scenario - but thought-provoking, nonetheless).

      If (or when) we go to war with Iraq, the US will prevail, but the "war" will not be over. It's like solving a conflict between two fighting brothers by taking away their weapons. You have stopped the conflict, but you haven't solved anything. The same bitterness lies beneath, fuming and waiting until they can get their hands on weapons again.

      This conflict will not be solved by peace, at least initially.

      How will history regard our century? We're just getting warmed up.

      Jason
      • 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