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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 that there isn't convincing, smoking gun-style evidence, but just a lot of circumstantial evidence. Even then though, if there's enough of it to convince Washington, there should be enough to convince other allies.

        Man, it's hard to argue a case either way when you're just going on the reactions of others and not the actual information. :/

        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.
        Yeah, I guess there really isn't much of a distinction between "forced disarmament" and "war". The latter is just a means to achieve the former. I'd feel a lot better about it if it were a UN mandate, though. Still feels like we're violating that ethereal "international law."
        I am scared of the reprocussions [idleworm.com] of a war (though that link is merely a game/scenario - but thought-provoking, nonetheless).
        Yeah, I'm glad it's getting as much coverage as it is. No one's been providing any "what-if" scenarios. I think most people think that we're just going to go in, clean up the place, and leave.

        -nyquist