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  • Simpler, I Think (Score:2, Insightful)

    by pudge (1) on 2002.06.18 10:01 (#9671) Homepage Journal
    Iraq is more of a threat to us and the region than any other country. Even Saudi Arabia wants us there to protect them and the region from Iraq. Plus, Iraq will almost certainly fire first at Israel, our ally (for better or worse), and we are obliged to protect our ally.

    TorgoX makes a good point that Pakistan is a coup away from being as dangerous -- or moreso -- than Iraq. But that's one of those pray-it-never-happens-and-address-it-if-it-does situations.

    Currently, India and Pakistan do not pose a considerable threat to anyone else, even each other, in the form of WMD. Neither government is stupid enough to use such weapons. We believe Iraq is. Of course, Israel could probably completely destroy Iraq if it were attacked -- I don't doubt for a moment that Israel has enough nukes to take out most of the region, and delivery systems adequate to the task -- but it is obviously something we want to avoid. Israel took out Iraq's nuclear weapons facilities before, but it is politically infeasible for them to try anything like that now, probably. And it likely wouldn't do much good. I think even the Saudis would agree that Iraq needs a regime change if the region is going to see peace.

    Frankly, I think the WMD that Iraq likely has are just a symptom of the problem -- helpful in pushing the issue, and making it more urgent -- but not the real problem, which is that Iraq is capable and likely of striking out against other nations at any time [meib.org]. I've seen strong cases made that North Korea and Iran do not belong in the Axis of Evil. I've seen no such case for Iraq. Even without nucular or biological or chemical weapons, Iraq is a threat and should be stopped.

    I don't know if that means sending in troops, but if any nation deserves to be overthrown, it's Iraq.
    • Hmm, good thinking, but I'm more interested in the "but we have this stuff too" problem.
    • nucular

      Shock! Please tell me that was a typo and not a jab at the President from use Perl;'s original conservative. :) [Or, worse yet, an indication that most conservatives don't know how to say or spell that word.]

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      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Where I grew up, I knew a lot of Southerners -- lawyers, executives, airline pilots -- who all said "nucular". It is not a jab at the President, but ALL Southerners!
        • No prob. You can insult the rest of us, just not George W. :)

          I had a fifth grade teacher who forced every one of us to learn the correct pronunciation of that word. (Thanks, Ms. Tanner!) Unfortunately, like fifth grade math, it was one of those things that I think people were claiming next year they'd never heard.

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          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers