War, everyone agrees, should always be the absolute last resort. Instead, the Bush administration has barely been able to mask its glee for war.
"War, no matter how necessary, is always an evil" said Nobel winner Jimmy Carter.
I simply cannot accept that the risk Saddam poses to the world is greater than the obvious death and destruction war will cause. I cannot understand why an operation designed to remove Saddam requires dropping more than 800 missiles on Baghdad, as plans have revealed. Seventy percent of the missiles in Desert Storm and 25 percent of the "smart" bombs in Afghanistan missed their targets by the Pentagon's own admission, killing thousands of civilians. Desert Storm destroyed the civilian infrastructure of Iraq in a grossly disproportionate use of force, in violation of UN humanitarian principles for the conduct of war. The U.S. use of depleted uranium in our munitions has contaminated vast areas of Iraq, causing skyrocketing cancers and deformities even in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Oil fires caused terrible environmental pollution. Twenty-three to 30 percent of Gulf War vets have filed for disability, more than twice as many as Vietnam. Thousands of vets are dead of Gulf War syndrome and rare cancers, caused by the toxic brews we subjected them to and exposure to DU. If Saddam has the weapons we say he has, he will surely use them now. If he doesn't, why are we going to war?
The violence a U.S. war and occupation will spawn in the long run is incalculable. Bin Laden's (remember him?) justification for the 9/11 attacks was the presence of U.S. troops on Saudi soil. The Bush national security strategy is literally a declaration of empire. We're still the biggest producer and vendor of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons. This is insane.
A former Democrat?
I see from Tuesday's (Feb. 18th) Dispatch that Steve Wenzel has finally been outed.
Thanks for clearing that up Sen. Coleman!
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