Once again, as a consequence of the west's blatant hypocrisy, and double standards supported by some media apologists, thousands of innocent Iraqui men, women and (worst of all) children may pay the price with their blood.
If it is to be that those viewed as being potential suppliers of weapons of mass destruction to real or potential terrorists, are an 'axis of evil' to be punished, then I would suggest there are quite a few politicians and business people (especially in the arms trade) in the western 'democracies', especially America, who would qualify and should be brought to justice!
The causes of the up-serge in terrorist activity over the years are long-standing. The west, especially the US, needs to positively address the causes, especially the Israel/Palestine conflict, rather than react, usually counter-productively, to the inevitable effects.
If the UN is not indeed to be considered irrelevant, the US must agree to the urgent implementation of UN resolutions insisting that Israel withdraws to its original borders and stop occupying arab land. Only then can real peace negotiations with the Palestinians begin, if there is the will, and put an end to the suicide bombings. That is not anti-israeli, it is a way to real peace.
The west must start accepting responsibility for past actions and grave misdeeds. If this does not happen the situation will get a lot worse and we may eventually find Mr Hoon implementing his crazy, mindless threat to use nuclear weapons!.
As the saying goes - you reap what you sow! Its time someone had the guts to start sowing the seeds of real justice, peace and reconciliation (naive tho that may sound).
Or perhaps peace and reconciliation just 'aint god-damn profitable enough'??
P.S. It's also time the Labour Party re-gained control of its leader or (preferably) replaced him ASAP!