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  • China (Score:3, Insightful)

    by pudge (1) on 2003.02.06 9:59 (#16774) Homepage Journal
    China is one of the big reasons military action is likely not the answer in N. Korea. China doesn't want nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula any more than we do, and they have more ability to prevent it than we do.

    As to Iraq, I am open to ideas. But we ended the Gulf War last time around with two options: remove Hussein from power and forcibly disarm the country, or allow them to disarm themselves. We've followed the latter course for a decade and it has clearly failed -- even France recognized this yesterday, though they still want more time -- so we are going back to plan A, which we should have done in the first place.

    You say we are provoking a war, but that simply isn't true. We are attempting to resolve something the UN has been working on for a decade: the disarmament of a recognized threat. No, we don't need evidence they are a threat; the UN has already decided this matter, and what was left was only what to do about it. We chose the wrong path in allowing them to disarm themselves, so now we are taking the other one. Iraq has violated the terms of the end of the hostilities; it's not a new war, it's finishing up the old one.

    I wish there were another way, but if wishes were horses, those dorks in the Levi's commercial would have been trampled. []