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April 23, 2003

Bush bars UN weapons teams from Iraq

Substitute the word "Saddam" for "Bush" in the headline and you had the US's justification for war in Iraq-- except according to Blix, inspections were actually moving forward before the US invasion.

The US is a rogue nation; conservatives may justify it as being a good international lawbreaker and benevolent global dictator, but it is emerging as a global dictator nonetheless. There is no other word than empire to describe the US acting unilaterally and then ignoring the weapons inspections rules it based its own justification for invasion upon.

The embarassment of the US is that they have found no weapons of mass destruction, obliterating any "self-defense" justification upon which unilateral invasion shakily was based. To bar inspections is a recipe for global suspicion of what the US is hiding.

Terrorism is justified on the idea that those with less power must violate norms of just war as the only weapon at their disposal. When the country with the most power in the world says that it is not constrained by such norms or international rules, the last thread of social restraint and global opposition to terrorists is being removed.

Bush endangers our lives every day with these actions. Not that he cares, as his disregard for those suffering the after-effects of 911 shows, but I feel like printing a map to Lubbock Texas for terrorists worldwide as a self-defense mechanism against the danger Bush places cities like New York in with his reckless actions.

Posted by Nathan at April 23, 2003 02:24 PM

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You've noticed they've shunted the Republican convention in NYC to a historically late date so as to put it a week from 9/11?
MWO says they're using the 3,000 victims as human shields to protect Bush from focus on his domestic and international failures.

Posted by: John Isbell at April 23, 2003 03:46 PM

I minced your words from several posts…not fair of me but play along…

After Sept. 11, 2001, appeals were made to baser instincts-- fear, arrogance, hatred. The left matched it with appeals to conspiracy, resentment and anger. The left needed to go beyond its opposition language to stress solutions for the future - security through justice.

We can act in solidarity with the Palestinians by emphasizing the evil of all violence bred of hate, domination and exploitation.

Terrorism is justified on the idea that those with less power must violate norms of just war as the only weapon at their disposal. When the USA is not constrained by international rules, the last thread of restraint and opposition to terrorists is removed.

Bush endangers lives every day with these actions. I feel like printing a map to Lubbock Texas for terrorists worldwide as a mechanism against the danger Bush places with his reckless actions.

You feel like printing a map to Lubbock? I don’t see you as having moved beyond baser instincts. Is this how you stress security through justice?

Bush barred UN weapons teams from Iraq. Is there an alternative, perhaps a UN inspection team not lead by Hans Blix (the 24th choice) or an inspection team compromised of nations who did not participate in the “coalition of the willing?” Is there not a solution that can address the concerns of the Bush administration? Is it not conceivable that the Bush administration believes the UN inspection team led by Hans Blix was compromised?

A bit of unsolicited advice, you can truly act in solidarity with Palestinians by renouncing the assassination of political leaders and members of the opposition.

Posted by: pshaw at April 25, 2003 01:45 PM

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