« on: June 18, 2004, 12:40:18 PM »
Just because a country has WMD and is a "rogue state" doesn't mean that they are planning to use them against the U.S. We can't go invading every country that we think has a vial of sirin because it just wouldn't be practical and it would actually put us in more danger. I was saying that the combination of Bush thinking Iraq had WMD and were planning an iminent terrorist attack against our country would make his justification for war understandable. It is the product of WMD and probability of their use that determines threat.
Ideally, I would like to see us overthrow every dictator who commits mass murder, but I agree that it's not practical for one nation to do that.
The U.S. does have some history of intervening in conflicts where we have no real national security interest at stake, and I think that's a good thing. It's okay for us to prioritize our limited resources, but I don't think we can turn our backs and say, "We don't have any interests there, so we'll just let thousands of people get slaughtered."
I've supported the Iraq war because it's the right move to protect America and her allies, but also because I'm a strong proponent of human rights.
Hussein has murdered thousands of people, and is indirectly responsible for over a million deaths. As far as I'm concerned, his connections to terrorism and WMD's only confirm what I believed long before 9/11: that he needs to be removed from power because he's an enemy of human rights.