Wednesday, February 05, 2003

This question has been asked previously, but has not been pushed nearly enough: Why has the US not given any and all new information to the inspectors immediately after it was received? Intercepts and over flights are not sources that need to be protected. I can think of no other reason for the behavior of the Bush White House than that the goal of their policy is not to disarm but to punish Saddam Hussein for not bowing to our authority. If the goal were disarmament, it seems more obvious than ever that this is can be achieved without war, if the US were to cooperate.
The war is a test case. It is not about oil but power, of which control of oil is only one aspect. One does not have to be a pacifist to understand the implications -to understand how valueless to such people are the lives of those who stand in their path, even by an accident of fate.

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