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There are problems with that spin, and I'm being polite. There's no proof of any of it. Hussein has shown no appetite for aggression in the last decade. Meanwhile, other nations such as North Korea, India and Pakistan show much more lust for developing and using weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, why should we be surprised that he's frantically seeking weapons of mass destruction -- as the Bush spin doctors were all chattering last weekend? Gee, haven't we been saying that we're getting ready to kill him and demolish all who stand in our way? What we've absolutely refused to do is engage in a process with other nations to force renewed inspections on Iraq -- understandable because we want war, not a peaceful solution.
Deterrence works. It succeeded with the Soviet Union, and it clearly has confined Hussein ever since the Gulf War.
More important, we have recently undermined the very international treaties that could have forced weapons inspections on Hussein. Add to that the overarching principle that it is utterly and totally illegal under international law, under the United Nations charter, under our own Constitution to embark on war as Bush plans.
A war would put Bush in a position to decree that the only patriotic option for Americans would be to give him a second term. It's the "wag the dog" scam. Killing foreigners, even civilians, is seen as a vote-getter. War also distracts Americans from the deteriorating economy and the financial scandals in which he and his closest associates are embroiled.
Keep in mind that Bush has created conditions for wars that can never come to an end. The "war on terrorism" has an ill-defined enemy and objective. That's not an accident. It's essential so that, like the "war on drugs," the government's power over citizens achieves immortality.
Moreover, the "war on terrorism" is based on the false premise that you can kill your way to victory when, if the Israeli example demonstrates anything, it's the opposite. Rather than addressing the root causes of terrorism -- injustice, poverty, brutal dictatorships that are bolstered by America -- we opt for a "solution" that guarantees the creation of more anti-Americanism and more hatred.
And if we win in Iraq, what then? We will go to war with another country because the hawks and their military-industrial complex need a war. We've decreed that those nations and peoples who aren't totally slavish to our policies are "against" us and we have the unilateral "right" to destroy them. It may be bad morality but it's good for business. What do you think the Carlyle Group is all about?
The disdain for the rest of the world is sure to create what the wonks call blowback. We're going to pay one way or the other for arrogance. Wise men know this. Jimmy Carter wrote in the Washington Post last week about Bush's unilateralism:
"Peremptory rejections of nuclear arms agreements, the biological weapons convention, environmental protection, anti-torture proposals, and punishment of war criminals have sometimes been combined with economic threats against those who might disagree with us. These unilateral acts and assertions increasingly isolate the United States. ..."
When pushed, the War Party has come up with rationales that are humorous. Perle told the New York Times last month: "The failure to take on Saddam after what the president said would produce such a collapse of confidence in the president that it would set back the war on terrorism."
Aside from the fact that it's yet to be shown that Hussein has consorted with terrorists in any culpable way, and that to attack Iraq dramatically ups the likelihood of terrorist retaliation, Perle's logic boils down to little boys throwing dares at each other.
The America Bush envisions is that of a subject nation. The loathsome PATRIOT Act was rushed through a Congress-with-blinders-on days after 9-11. It had been on the drawing boards long before the terrorist attacks. The law, along with other assaults on liberty by Bush and Ashcroft, gut the very constitutional protections that make us a unique and free nation.
The Bush America is one where what you read at the library is subject to government snooping. It's a nation that allows widespread wiretaps and other surveillance without judicial supervision. It's a nation that embraces racial profiling. It's an America that would allow unseen authorities to order indefinite jailing -- disappearances -- with absolutely no evidence of wrong doing. Ultimately it's an empire where executions are ordered and administered by secret tribunals behind impenetrable walls.
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