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  • with many reasons for and against, none stand out as a clincher. None of the arguments for war stands out as a very good reason.

    Unfortunately many of the arguments against the war fail to clinch it either.

    When its a close call like this you have to be able to trust the politicians and intelligence with the information that they cannot or will not make available to you... but the politicians and intelligence have only managed to undermine any trust we may have had - dossiers compiled of propoganda copied

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    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • most of the arguments for going to war against iraq apply equally well to a long list of countries

      Yes, but as I mentioned, I ignore many of the arguments for war (and some against war) as side issues. Conveniently, I suppose, many of the arguments I ignore would be the ones that would apply to other countries. Not a democracy? Human rights violations? Subjugating its neighbors? All of those, to me, are side issues. The U.S. leaders' job is to protect the U.S., which, IMHO, can be the only reason f

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      • I think its fairly obvious that iraq is not a direct threat to europe or the united states.

        It may be a threat to Israel but that is not the concern of either UN directives or the rest of the world.

        You can't really call 'protecting the interests of an important military customer and diamond trade hub' self defense.

        Of course you can't expect Bush or Blair to admit this.

        I really want to see Iraq liberated, but NOT at ANY price. Currently that price seems to be turning a blind eye to turkeys oppression

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        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;
        • It may be a threat to Israel but that is not the concern of either UN directives or the rest of the world.

          That is wholly inaccurate. UN Security Council Resolution 687 says that the goal of the disarmament of Iraq is "of restoring international peace and security in the area," which inherently includes Israel (as Iraq attacked Israel during that conflict).

          More importantly, the US is a sworn ally of Israel, and must protect Israel when it is threatened. Yes, we should send our soldiers to die to protect Israel, if necessary. That is what being an ally means. Saying that Iraq is a threat to Israel means that the US has an obligation to protect Israel from Iraq, even if no one else wants the US to do so.

          Look at most of the quotes about Iraq as a threat by the Bush administration: almost all of them, if not all of them, will say Iraq is a threat to our allies, not merely to us. It is not merely about the threat to the US. It never has been.