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Subject: Re: war talk
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003 00:18:20 EST
While I look GENIRE for genealogy information, the almost daily continuation
of this topic, with comments like the one listed below, led me to write
In a message dated 4/2/03 10:28:17 AM, "" writes:
> No you just want to let So Damn Insane kill off the people that disagree
> with him by using mustard gas and other assorted wmd.
Hussein has not used chemical weapons for over twelve years. He did not use
them against us in the Gulf War.
In spite of the billions of dollars we spend a year on intelligence, we do
not know whether he has WMD. General Franks, in a briefing said that we think
we might know where he has them--how definite. The destroyed camp in Northern
Iraq that is being examined for chemical and biological weapons is located in
a Kurdish area not controlled by Hussein. A definitely conservative friend of
mine, commenting on WMD, said that we will find them in Iraq whether they are
there or not.
The only link claimed by Bush for a tie between Iraq and Al Qaeda is that one
Al Qaeda leader came to Baghdad for treatment of wounds suffered in
Large amounts of chemical and biological weapons were destroyed by U.N.
inspectors after the Gulf War. They also destroyed Iraq's nuclear research
sites, materials, and documents.
Iraq has been under U.N. import restrictions since the Gulf War. Prime
Minister Blair's Dossier on Iraq says that under those restrictions, Iraq
will never develop a nuclear weapon.
Iraq is called a threat to us by Bush, but Iraq has never tested a missile
that could reach the U.S. U.N. inspectors were destroying the short-range
missiles that Iraq did have.
Bush and Powell say we share intelligence data with our allies. How is it
that they did not find that intelligence sufficient reason to rush to war
So, after considering these items, I have several questions. After basing our
claims on the Iraqi threat to us on things that happened more than twelve
years ago, what suddenly made it necessary for Bush to rush to war? Why not
allow U.N. inspections to continue for several month? What happened to our
war on terrorism?
This administration, by an arrogant diplomatic posture, has antagonized many
countries, including some of our allies. It has invaded Iraq with hundreds of
thousands of military personnel, resulting in massive protests against us
in many countries. It has created a situation that may complicate our
relations with Islamic and other nations in the Middle East for years. And,
most of all, it seems to be saying to the world that we are Number One, we
know how the world should be run, and if you are not for us, you are against
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