How to Persuade a Liberal to Fight Iraq
I was accused recently on the radio of siding against Bush in his war with Iraq just because he is a Republican. This caller said that I would support the war with a Democrat President. This comment challenged me to think what it would take to support President Bush in this crusade of his.
of all, I would have to believe that our preemptive strike, a move that goes
against international rules of war and could set a new, dangerous precedent, was
motivated by defending a serious threat to international security.
Saying that Saddam Hussein may use weapons of mass destruction in the
future is not good enough; we have to provide proof to the world that, indeed he
is going to use these weapons.
brings me to my second condition; that we would gather enough evidence against
Hussein that he has and is creating weapons of mass destruction.
This evidence would not be controversial, hearsay, or propaganda.
It would need to be indisputable. This
evidence would then be shared with the world.
If it puts our intelligence for future operations at risk, then it should
as least be shared with the leaders of the U.N in order to be validated.
Republican leader I would follow to war would also be a premiere diplomat.
If Bush had the skills of Clinton, Kennedy, or even Nixon in negotiating
with foreign leader, it would be easier for me to believe we have exhausted all
possibilities before marching off to war. I
truly do not believe that Rumsfield and Bush, although geniuses at business,
oil, and war, have the diplomatic skills to reach a compromise with other
parties. They have not been trained
in this important skill and it is a skill that is not needed to run a company.
They are used to giving orders, and the world is not receiving their
orders too willingly.
is hard to trust the richest administration in the history of
Republican President that can lead me to war would have to earn my trust through
past deeds, current concerns, and a sincere concern for the well-being of the
country and world, and not for his own self.
This President does not have my trust, nor the trust of half of this
country, and most of the world. When
more people think Bush is a threat to world peace than Hussein, than we must
question the way we communicate to the world.
If we are right about Hussein’s connection with terrorists -- and we
may be -- there are better ways to build coalitions than by intimidation.
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