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  • by pudge (1) on 2003.02.19 22:32 (#17263) Homepage Journal
    for a load of reasons, it's also creating more anti-americanism, more anti-semitism, and thus more terrorism, while it weakens also the UN and the NATO, and thus the worldwide regulative powers that should help fighting terrorism.

    I am unconvinced the push for disarmament of Iraq is creating anti-Americanism or anti-Semitism. Will the push in turn nudge people to act on those sentiments? Perhaps. But backing down from what we believe is the proper action because thugs will respond poorly is tantamount to blackmail, and I cannot favor complying with blackmail. YMMV.

    As to weakening the UN and NATO: The US is voicing its own opinion and attempting to work to create consensus; France is threatening to keep nations out of the EU if they happen to agree with that Iraq must be disarmed by force. The US is sticking to UN resolutions by asserting that inspections have failed because Iraq is blocking inspectors; France is trying to change the stated purpose of the inspectors as we go along. Who is weakening what?