M. Ted , Lets enter hypothetical mode to answer your question of why be so careful with elaborate strategy and a world court of some kind to legitimaize our war against terrorism -
If we were at war with a nation that released nuclear radiation in the form of depleted uranium from the Mississippi to the east coast that caused a continual deformation of our infant children you would be pretty darn mad. Now lets get real...
This is what we did to Iraq on a large scale. The "DU" we left in the Balkans is tiny in comparison. Using nuclear weapons is surprisingly not a war crime. Is this ironic , tragic , or the proudest moment in the history of mankind?
Now we have a foe full of 2000 years of vengence with a nuke or two that thinks he knows us because we trained him and Allah guides him. We will win at all costs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How much will the lesson cost??: 3 buildings and 7000 lives, a city , 20 cities , 200,000 ground troops ? Will the lessons be learned ?
Is a better weapon of mass destruction the saner weapon? Are non fissionable radioactive weapons humane?
We hear about crack babies but not a word about the twisted masses of deformed flesh that are called Iraqi infants.
Patriots need not reply with "they had it coming" remarks. Nobody should have it coming, NOT YOU , NOT THE 7000 , NOT ANYONE.
There are many here that understand there is more at stake than a successful killing of bin Laden.
Deliberate calm thought is required by a kung fu master, samuri , ninga and the US to vanquish this enemy.
I am just an average guy and can not fathom all the complexities. I don't think Rumfeld has a handle on all the complexities to come either.
Here is to hope for the best possible outcome with luck and courage on our side. Don Hakman (humorist who is not amused at the moment)
PS. Tonight, 10 miles away from my home ,people were killed by a tornado that ripped through the University of MD outside Washington DC. I did not sense the power of the storm from here.