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Gern US/British planes fire on Iraq (closed) (102* d) RE: US/British planes fire on Iraq 19 Feb 01

This war has been on slow-boil for a decade now with now end in sight, no justification and no public debate. What happened to Americans and British citizens who were offended by govt-sponsored violence and the victimization of the weak by the powerful? Where are all the war protesters and one-time moralists? Are they all tepid supporters of America's daily bombings and sanctions? Why wasn't our costly and pointless war a campaign issue in the last election? US govt. censorship in the name of "the safety of our boys" has been unprecedented for a free society at war or peace. The Allies' claim that pilots are at risk is hard to argue with, except that 'risk' is established to their satisfaction whenever Iraqi radar merely locks on to a target. No shots fired. Did we agree to a 10-year war? Did we agree to build a permanently manned superbase in Saudi Arabia and fly-overs covering 2/3 of Iraq 24 hours a day for a decade or more? Previous posters have spread nonsense like Saddam massing forces on Syrian border -- wouldn't you think Israel would have said something about this? Saddam is a paper tiger whose convenience as a demonized bad guy was useful to Bush SR and now to Bush JR as well. Question for all aging folkies: did you mean it when you sang about peace and marched to end war?

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