"And, Tal, consider the reality the the US is the only *super power* and can make life pretty miserable for whom ever they want. "
Yes, I 've been considering it quite seriously every day since this Bush drumbeat bagan its suspicious "Path to War". Hence I've "always" stressed that this is always about the U.N. doing '"it's" job like it did "not" do during equal war crimes commited under their noses in Bosnia until the Clinton ,as commander-in-chief , finally stepped up to the plate ( where Bush senior uttely "failed" )and said "enough was enough". Nothing would've been resolved had it not been backed up with the rightful use of "super power" force which has resulted in Malosevic before the world court as the war criminal he is.
"Is it any wonder that other nations will soften their public positions the closer that the US gets ready to unleash a fire storm in Bagdad that will rival Hiroshama in its destruction?"
Uhm, I appreciate & respect your passions ,and we are" friends , but invoking Hiroshima's obvious allusion to using a single nuke to deconstruct an entire highly populated city in a single morning to end a war declared by the then aggressive ( as survivors of Nanking or Korea ) "Empire of Japan" is as much a politically correct 'buzzword" and is out of place.
What would be more comparable would be the attack on Afghanistan to finally oust the Taliban and resulted in breaking their ruthless stranglehold on the victimized Afghani's.
Would you also have stayed the U.S./NATO millitary hand to leave Milosovic to continue his brutal campaign of aggressive "ethnic cleansing" and concentration camps?
What I "do" support is a far more vigorous and far more manned inspector campaign. I would advocate a 10,000 man inspection sweep with dozens of helicopters all coordinating their sweeps simultaneously. along with constant overhead drones taking photos. This does "not" threaten a single innocent Iraqi citizen.
"No" oil fields "taken".
Sorry , but Saddam has provided reasonable cause for a U.N. inspector "weapons" search that's for real. Even France now advocates that....vigorously !
We need not go to war , but we dare not just sit on our hands and allow this milliterized "beast of Babylon" to proceed "unchecked" either.
The U.S. was dead wrong to support his regime back in the Reagan Years, the U.S. was even more wrong to then not go all the way to Baghdad and clean this beast out in 1991 when clear victory over clear aggression and invasion was the right thing to do, the U.S. was wrong to then allow ( through Bush sr. ) to brutally "ethnically cleanse" the Kurds in Northern Iraq , and the U.S. has been wrong to allow the dropping of the U.N. inspector campaign.
Let me ask this then., Rev. Bobert. Do you also feel the military enforcement of Iraq's containment within the "No Fly Zones" is wrong use of super-power status. I guess my attitude about keeping a cop on the beat remains consistant. To continue the metaphor would you feel safer if police "disarmmed" and could only use rough language?
I guess my condemnation of "abuse of power" is more eccumenical. I don't tolerate it with a super-power nor totalitarian regime nor self-imposed dictator. Sauce for da goose be sauce for da gander I s'pose.