"The weapons exist and they will be found. Bottom line.
Let me guess, you work for the NSA, don't you?
"Saddam killed the Kurds with something other than bullets in 1988.
And in 1988 all but one UNSC
members condemned Iraq over that action. Guess which country refrained from condemning it.
"The UN (even before Bush) passed 14 or 15 resolutions requiring Saddam to give these weapons up.
, which includes the US as a Permanent Member, approved many resolutions either demanding Iraq to cooperate with the weapons inspections or condemning Iraq when they failed to do so. However, weapons inspections were carried out and a lot more was found than has been done since the US took over Iraq.
"Saddam kicked out inspectors in 1998 for some reason.
Not true. Clinton 'advised' the UNSC
to withdraw their inspectors so the US/UK could start bombing (again).
"Why would Saddam cripple his country's economy if he had no WMD?
No one is saying Saddam never did have WMD's. But the kind he had, i.e. chemical and biological, weren't as expensive to Iraq's economy as you seem to believe.
"How many years of diplomatic tug-of-war is enough? 1? 2? 12? How many more years were we to wait while Saddam thumbed his nose at everyone in the world over this matter?
If every single UNSC
member would have maintained their viewpoint regarding Iraq over these past 12 years, then I would agree with you. But the truth is that specially your nation, under different administrations, has had different viewpoints regarding the inspections and, specially, the sanctions. These UNSC
imposed sanctions would be removed as soon as Iraq would have disarmed. However, the US and the UK, shortly after the start of the sanctions, stated that even when Saddam complied disarming, they would not vote for the lifting of the sanctions. They have always been after a regime-change, although they never said it so publicly before 9/11.
The objective of the UNSC
sanctions never was a regime change, as the UNSC
cannot be used by a minority of members to establish a change of regime in a country which leader they dislike. This is the main reason why it has taken the UNSC
12 years and so many resolutions.
In 1998, the US attempted on at least 7 occasions to "delay or stop an investigation or block a line of inquiry", as denounced by Scott Ritter, the weapons inspector which resigned because of this. In 1999, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expresses his suspicion that intelligence gathered by UN arms inspectors was used for American efforts to undermine the Iraqi regime. This was later admitted by Clinton Administration officials.
"Holding on to only one possible explanation for anything, in the abscence of further facts to support or refute that explanation, is equally pathetic.
It was the Bush Administration that always seemed so completely convinced that Iraq still had WMD's. I haven't seen such an amount of certainty in their statements made by those who opposed to this war. France, Russia and Germany, to name just a few, never
stated they were convinced Iraq didn't have WMD's.
The Bush Administration knows very well they needed to find something fast the moment this war began, and everytime they found a 'suspicious canister' or some 'suspicious white powder' the military was quick to inform the networks before the stuff could even be properly analyzed.
As things are right now, I expect even the finding of a single 150miles range missile will be used by Bush to justify this war.
" If WMD's are found, then the world sees this Adminstration is a slightly different light (although, I truly doubt many, if any, would see Bush as a "leader")
Why would I see your
president as my
leader? Your president runs the US, not the world. Please don't mix these two things up.
"If WMD's are not found, I do not think it will be the end of respect for the USA worldwide, but rather a total loss of respect for this Adminstration!
I believe we can be sure by now that those
WMD's the Bush Administration was so convinced of Iraq still had, have not been found. They must have looked and searched already at those places they were so convinced of in the first place. So now they are looking at other places (they apparently weren't too convinced about) to find anything
. I believe the Bush Administration already
has lost much respect because no 'big arsenal of ready-to-use WMD's' the US seemed so convinced of has been found yet. "Having fought a war to disarm Iraq of its terrible weapons, neither the US nor Britain can admit that Iraq never had them in the first place. The search for weapons of mass destruction cannot be allowed to fail."
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