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Leaving aside the various ambiguities and unanswered questions about the attack as well as the convenient simplistic notion that terrorism is defined only as the actions of those outside the mainstream of the western cultural paradigm, pre-emptive strikes are still an enormously bad idea. The precedent set will serve to remove all restraint from international relations worldwide and no doubt increase the frequency and degree of acts of terror. I find it difficult to believe that there is not an awareness of this somewhere within the administration, perhaps not above Bush's neck, but Pentagon strategists with their complex game scenarios must be aware of how destabilizing this policy would be. The question is whether the promotion of more chaos for political reasons is intentional or in the hawkish frenzy the data of the strategists cum casualty projectors is merely being disregarded. Either way it won't be pretty.


Ps. each of the wars you mentioned has been a losing effort and this one will be no exception.

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You remember the Caroline incident??? 275 Astikapati 02-Jul-02 23:05
Pre-emptive murder 134 Lee McGiffen 03-Jul-02 10:31
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 187 Briffits 03-Jul-02 10:47
How new is it? 128 Akhenaten 03-Jul-02 11:32
How FAIR is it? 123 drak1 03-Jul-02 15:45
Re: How FAIR is it? 129 Akhenaten 04-Jul-02 17:43
Blatant hypocrisy + rage inducers 109 drak1 04-Jul-02 22:30
Re: Blatant hypocrisy + rage inducers 183 Akhenaten 05-Jul-02 11:23
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 145 Astikapati 04-Jul-02 08:06
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 132 Briffits 05-Jul-02 04:24
Pre-emption and terrorism 111 Lee McGiffen 05-Jul-02 04:41
Lee 158 Astikapati 05-Jul-02 05:34
Re: Pre-emption and terrorism 115 Briffits 05-Jul-02 09:45
Briffits 179 Astikapati 05-Jul-02 05:05

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