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Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click
"rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for
on this thread.
If you take Iraq at its word, subject to checking that if
offers - - we are a long way from a justification for war:
Iraq States Its Case by MOHAMMED ALDOURI http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/17/opinion/17ALDO.html
"After so many years of fear from war, the
threat of war and suffering, the people of Iraq and their
government in Baghdad are eager for peace. We have no
intention of attacking anyone, now or in the future, with
weapons of any kind. If we are attacked, we will surely
defend ourselves with all means possible. But bear in mind
that we have no nuclear or biological or chemical weapons,
and we have no intention of acquiring them.
"We are not asking the people of the United
States or of any member state of the United Nations to trust
in our word, but to send the weapons inspectors to our
country to look wherever they wish unconditionally.
They're saying "you don't have to trust us - - you can
check us." We shouldn't be reluctant to do that - and to
remember how many different ways there are to check and
cross-check. If the UN gets something like active cooperation
from Iraq - there may be some hidden residual capacities - but
there won't be much - and Iraq will not be in a good position
to use anything it has left in any militarily sane way.
Iraq has made major concessions - both moral and practical
- in its amnesty.
Iraq Announces Amnesty for Its Prisoners http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Iraq.html
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- "The Iraqi government
announced an amnesty Sunday for all Iraqi prisoners . . "
One need not trust Saddam, nor like him, to think that
Hussein and Mobs Virtually Empty Iraq's Prisons By JOHN F.
and Abrupt Amnesty at Iraqi Prisons: A Joy for Many,
Grief for Some By JOHN F. BURNS http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/22/international/middleeast/22PRIS.html
( Images of Sudden Freedom and Frenzy ) reports an act
of great consequence.
If Iraq can effectively reintegrate those prisoners, it
will show a distinct "regime change" in the ways that matter
to many, many people.
The Saddam who empties prisons is taking some steps away
from some of the bad behavior reported on the 18th http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/18/arts/television/18SADD.html
UNDERSTANDING IRAQ. Carol Williams, executive
producer; Jon Schriber, senior producer; produced by NBC News
Productions and the Discovery Channel; Forrest Sawyer,
THE REAL SADDAM. Ann Derry, executive producer; Ken
Levis, producer; co-produced by the Discovery Channel and New
York Times Television.
. . .
Iraq has offered to be checked and tested. It has
implemented wrenching, risky changes that stress the regime.
It says it wants peace, and is more open to checking
than the United States is.
Most of the world wants to give Iraq a chance - and wants
that without being especially tolerant of past Iraqi behavior.
If under these circumstances - the United States fails to
find a way to act in concert with the United Nations - what
will this mean for international relations?
International law, and patterns of international order, are
being renegotiated - - and it is high time.
But we want to find ways to negotiate and
enforce patterns of behavior better than those
of the past. And empathy is a central issue.
The US has some horrors it is responsible for, as
well. Including many in high places.
Is it clear that Kissinger is a better fellow than
Saddam - or does that matter, since he's one of "us?"
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