Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Saddam's weapon-building intent
from the mind of  Evan Kruse.

Report details Saddam's weapon-building intent - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA

We may never know the extent of what was to come, but I think that is much better than the 'wait and see' approach that I'm sure we would be taking under an administration of the other party. I am so comforted that our current administration won't wait for another attack to happen in order to take these guys out.


Blogger Evan said...

Ok, I'm going to comment on my own post.

I've noticed that this report has been generating articles all over the media. Many of them are saying very different things, so a simple question is in order.

Is there really a difference between a guy who has illegal weapons and hides them and a guy who hides his intentions to make those same weapons in the future?

In the grand scheme of things, I'd say no. But, if you want to get nitpicky about it, I'd argue that the latter is more dangerous. Why? Well...

First, if Saddam has succeeded in duping the world into believing that he only had peaceful intentions, all of the sanctions might have been lifted. Sure, that might have meant a slightly better life for the people of Iraq, but more likely, it would have meant much less attention being paid to shipments going in and out of Iraq. The danger of shipments going in to Iraq being overlooked is that it would be much easier for Saddam to get the necessary equipment needed for making weapons. It might also be much cheaper, as the need for high level smuggling would be gone. The danger of shipments going out of Iraq unchecked is the ease of transferring these weapons or components to a third party who might be able to attack the US or allies.

Either way you look at it, Saddam had to go. It is better to deal with the problem now rather than after Germany and France succeed in lifting all of the sanctions in trade for even better oil contracts and more weapons sales and Saddam actually gets weapons that will take more American lives.

That's how pre-emption works, and that's why it's so great. Believe it or not, Saddam was going to have to go at one point or another. Personally, I think he should have been removed by any means necessary the first time he expelled the inspectors. When was that... back in 98? Anyway, He had to go before he once again had the power to kill hundreds of thousands or millions.

Thanks President Bush. Thanks Secretary Rumsfeld, Dr. Rice, and Secretary Powel. Thanks Dick Cheny. Your plan just might have saved us many many lives in the future. Coincidentally, it just might have saved France's and Germany's butt as well, by keeping them from joining forces with Saddam. The problems we are dealing with now are miniscule compared to the problems that would have come had Saddam been given the go from the world community.

One final thought: Would Saddam have passed the 'Global Test?'

7:32 PM  

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