Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Saddam and WMDs

This seems to be the most concise report of the WMD discussion in Iraq prior to the war. What I don't understand is, how come those who, like Galloway, say that the WMD allegations were all a lie, dismiss Saddam's role in the whole thing.
I suspect that there is a latent and pervasive racisim that says third world leaders cannot be held to the most minimal standards, while at the same time holding this country to impossibly high standards.
This is not to say that we should not strive to achieve the highest standards, but a misstep does not excuse the filling of mass graves by other countries does it?
A writer to the editor of the Missoulian, a while ago, lamented the death of 400 Iraqis in the recent spate of suicide bombers, and blamed the US for their deaths. Why not blame the ones who set the bombs? Would it be because they are brown skinned, and not as responsible as we are? Additionally, what about the graves with thousands of bodies that Saddam filled prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom? Are those okay, and if so, why?
In 1998, the Senate voted 99-0 to go to war with Iraq when Saddam ousted the inspectors. What changed between then and 2003? Oh yeah, a Republican was now the one who was in charge. Seems to me that a lot of supposed acting on principles are really naked politics. So much for high minded principles beyond teh waters edge.

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