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Whatever happened to my convictions? I was sitting there during the speech last night thinking "Huh. Maybe he has a point."

I think the problem was I can't keep in my mind all the different bits of info that go with this Iraq issue... Sometimes I see one side of the thing; Iraq has had 12 years to comply, the UN has been ineffective at making Iraq comply, and in some ways the last Gulf War was headed up by the US... It was kind of a peace brokered by the UN, and Iraq hasn't been following up on the obligations it took upon itself to get that peace. That makes this a little bit a continuation of that last war, in more ways than the obvious.

The UN has been forced to disagree with the US's position here, in the way the US has tried to push them around, diplomatically. If the US had dealt better with things on that front, they might already have agreed to go back in; but Bush had to take the aggressive stance, moving troops in as if the UN's agreement to the deal was inevitable, acting as if he could just order the UN around. It is extremely important to the UN to keep from being considered a US puppet, to maintain its effectiveness.

So where's that leave us? I don't know. I wonder if this could actually be the right course of action for the country to take. I didn't join the marchers in Harvard Square this weekend when they were chanting for peace. Once I would have. Whatever happened to me?

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hauntmeister
Mar. 18th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
I was sitting there during the speech last night thinking "Huh. Maybe he has a point."

He sounds reasonable, because he's completely and utterly convinced that He Is Right. The fact that the assertions supporting his war are provably incorrect doesn't deter him in the least; he simply invents new ones. Much of what he said last night was false, for example:

On 8 November, the Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1441, finding Iraq in material breach of its obligations and vowing serious consequences if Iraq did not fully and immediately disarm.

If you read the text of Resolution 1441 , you find that it actually calls for Iraq to immediately cooperate with the inspectors, not "immediately disarm." Yes, they have been cooperating.

9. Requests the Secretary-General immediately to notify Iraq of this resolution, which is binding on Iraq; demands that Iraq confirm within seven days of that notification its intention to comply fully with this resolution; and demands further that Iraq cooperate immediately, unconditionally, and actively with UNMOVIC and the IAEA;

Bush Jr.'s assertions to the contrary, Iraq is performing the tasks mandated in 1441. But once again, the administration has moved the goal post. Sometimes, I envy Bush Jr. It must be so comforting and simple to have everything in black and white. I wonder what color the sky is in his world.
navrins
Mar. 18th, 2003 09:13 am (UTC)
He had some points. He has carefully backed himself and the US into a corner such that, at this point, we have very few reasonable alternatives, and have already lost much of what I would have us fight for. More on this in an upcoming post (probably won't be soon, though).
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