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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 argument for the invasion of Iraq, then why isn't THAT the message being pushed by the White House?

    If, during one of their daily press conferences, they said, "American people, here is evidence that Iraq is in violation of UN resolutions and International Law."-- such as Colon Powell attempted at the UN last week-- "It is our duty as members of the United Nations to enter Iraq and put them back in compliance." then I'd be satistified.

    ..But what we're doing now seems wrong. We're part of an international community, bound by the laws that rule how nations must interact. One nation attacking another without international mandate seems an awful lot like New York's state militia entering California to re-criminalize marijuana use.

    Now, I realize that international law is very much in its infancy, and that there's much it doesn't cover yet, but wouldn't it be better to develop it through intellectual debate than disregard it totally?

    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).
    Yeah, but should we be ready to go to war over a political/religious matter?

    Okay, that was a bit more long winded than I meant to be. Thanks for providing the forum!

    -nyquist


    • 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