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  • You see UN inspectors aren't allowed to inspect any USA or UK military complexes, so Iraq is bound to quibble.

    Then we know that the USA, Russia, France, UK, Pakistan, China and India all have Nuclear and/or chemical weapons. But iraq and other countries are of course not allowed nuclear weapons because they are 'bad guys'.

    This has nothing to do with iraq ever attacking the west - it has no interest in doing so, it has interests attacking Isreal because it is an aggresive neighbour funded and armed by a nation that has declared itself an enemy.

    So all in all, there is no need to attack Iraq except to get Bush relected - but heres another point - Saddam was voted in just as democratically as Bush (i.e. not a fair or valid election) so he can't be toppled in the name of democracy - after all more iraqis can vote than kuwaitis.

    Bush's only hope of getting another popular war is to give a dog a bad name and hang it, essentially throwing enough mud at Saddam and Iraq that some of it sticks and america gets its 'coalition'.

    The arab world quite understandably takes the stance that there is no justification for the number of innocent lives that would be lost in such a war. Given the huge death toll in afghanistan from 'collateral damage' and the lack of any real opposition in the country nothing would be gained by such a war.

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    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • Saddam was voted in just as democratically as Bush (i.e. not a fair or valid election)

      They have an Electrical College in Iraq? What?

      (Seriously, I found your swipe to be unnecessarily wrong, but preferred replying to moderating.)

      • (Seriously, I found your swipe to be unnecessarily wrong, but preferred replying to moderating.)

        Thanks for saying so. Me too.

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • electorial college's aren't important to democracy - one man one vote and the party with the most votes being elected is democracy.

        Unlike zimbabwe's elections, iraqs were reasonably fair, and unlike the US elections the party with the most votes got it.

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        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;
        • electorial college's aren't important to democracy - one man one vote and the party with the most votes being elected is democracy.

          That is one form of democracy. That is never how America's election for President has worked, and yet it's always been called democracy.

          Unlike zimbabwe's elections, iraqs were reasonably fair, and unlike the US elections the party with the most votes got it.

          That is incorrect. The candidate with the most votes for President -- George Bush -- won. Individuals do not vote
    • You see UN inspectors aren't allowed to inspect any USA or UK military complexes, so Iraq is bound to quibble.

      I don't see what your point is. The USA and UK didn't lose a war, the terms of which required them to subject themselves to inspections. They can quibble all they like, but I couldn't possibly care less. Inspections are not because they are bad guys, but because they lost.

      Now, in addition to UN-mandated inspections, yes, they should not have the bomb because they are bad guys. Complain about
      • NO, Iraq is "not allowed nuclear weapons"
        the same as Brazil, Australia, or Mozambique.
        Since the genie cannot be put back in the
        bottle, there is an international consensus
        of no nuclear proliferation. Heads of state
        were certainly not pleased to wake up to a
        nuclear club with two new members (India and Pakistan).
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        Were that I say, pancakes?