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Re: O/T DO NOT FORGET!
Of course they won't find weapons, but not because they're not there. The US has the evidence, and laid plenty of it at the UN's feet a couple weeks back, but the French, Germans, etc. don't care to listen to evidence.
At first, those arguing against war said there was no evidence of material breech, and to "give the inspectors time."
The Iraqis were allowed to make their declaration, which was 12K pages of lies detailing NONE of the previously known weapons they did have. Many in the UN responded, saying to wait, and to "give the inspectors time."
Empty, but NEW chemical warheads were found (answer, please, WHY a nation that claims to have NO chemical weapons needs NEW chemical warheads???), placing Iraq in direct material breach of the resolution. France, Germany, et al? "Give the inspectors time."
Powell gives a detailed list of reasons why Iraq is a threat, where they are likely hiding weapons underground, moving stores, and evading inspection teams. France, Germany, et al? "Give the inspectors time."
and on, and on....
I think it's funny that the anti-war protestors complain that Bush is just doing this for oil. The fact of the matter is that France and Germany have signed lucrative agreements with the present, corrupt Iraqi regime to get first pickings of Iraqi oil sold the moment UN sanctions are lifted. Incidentally, these have been two nations giving the most effort in recent years to lifting the UN sanctions, regardless of the threat Iraq poses.
Even during the sanctions, several nations were active in selling weapons technology and hardware to Iraq. Those nations? France, Germany, Russia, China, North Korea. Who is presently most against action vs. Saddam? France, Germany, Russia, China, North Korea. Anyone that thinks these and other nations are arguing against this war for high-moralled, unselfish reasons is kidding themselves.
I'm not surprised that France and Germany don't want to depose Saddam. They're not the ones the terrroists will go after first. I have my own personal suspections that these nations actually want to see more tragedy in America because they have personal jealous power vendettas against us. But that's mostly conjecture, albeit not unfounded.
As many have said before, we can't wait for the "smoking gun" that the UN clamors about wanting to see. The gun only smokes when it goes off, and we all know who it's aimed at. I am grateful to the Bush administration for not bowing to international pressure to NOT protect our nation against this threat.
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
-- John Stewart Mill