All of your suggestions have been tried many times. Saddam has not
budged. He caved in back in 1990 when it became apparent that if he didn't,
the coalition would simply continue and possibly destroy the entire country.
Very soon after we and the coalition forces pulled back, he started
back-peddaling on his promises.
You have to understand a little about the culture to comprehend how Saddam
and his crowd thinks. The only hting they understand is a BIG stick. They
see negotiation as weakness.
>In my view, the administration is prepared to act like a vigilante lynch mob,
>taking the law into our own hands, without even a declaration of war, without
>approval of the U.N. or the American congress, and endangering Iraq's
>neighbors as well as her own citizens. This posture is morally
Not so. The US is simply attempting to enforce (along with others)
resolutions that have been passed by the UN. We are NOT acting
unilaterally. Iraq's neighbors are already in danger as well as his own
people. he has already used chemical and biological weapons on HIS OWN
PEOPLE! there is evidence he also used them in the war with Iran. Further,
he was prepared to use them against the coalition forces in 1990 and was
onl;y prevented from doing so by the fact that the missile launchers near
the stockpiles were destroyed before he got around to doing it. I think we
made a mistake by abiding by the UN resolutions and stopping when we did in
90 instead of going all the way to Bagdad and taking out Saddam himself.
>I hope all of you, or at least most of you, or at least some of you, are
>contacting the president and your representatives and protesting U.S.
>preparations for premeditated mass murder.
Woudl you prefer to wait until Saddam decides to unleash those anthrax
spores on the rest of the world? Or just until he hits Israel or Iran or
Jordon with oen or two war heads filled with that or some other biological
From where I sit, I see the US government taking steps to knock out the
capability to wage war, not mass murder. Saddam is the mass murderer who
killed 100s of thousands of Kurds in his own country with anthrax and
whatever else simply because they disagreed with him.
>Finally, I would also like to know, and we the people ought to know, does the
>U.S. have its own arsenal of chemical and biological weapons (besides those
>used on our crops)?
From the media, there is ingormation that we did have and still do have
soem of these weapons. Many are being destroyed under the provisions of the
latest treaties, but I assume a few may remain. A more important question
is have we ever used any of them? And I think you will find the answer to
that is a resounding NO! Something saddam cannot claim.
BTW, when any of those weapons are used, the land is destroyed for use as
farmland for many years; even for high concentration chemical farming.
--Dan in Sunny Puerto Rico--
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