Tuesday, June 05, 2007
This Day in the History of Justified Preemptive Attacks
Labels: Arab-Israeli Conflict
I think not.
Afghanistan was the site of Al Qaeda training camps. We asked the Taliban to shut them down. The Taliban said Al Qaeda is our guest. We then invaded.
You may recall 9/11. I would characterize the investiture of Afghanistan as completely justified.
Was Iraq an imminent threat? I think not and if it were, invading it was not the answer which was obvious to anyone who had a read a little history or even watched "Lawrence of Arabia."
I know all of that......and Iraq at one time used WMD's on their neighbors and countrymen....and they had not lived up to their end of a cease fire. Saddam played coy for 12 years, reaping benefits of oil for food. The idea that Iraq under the direct command of Saddam Hussein, being an imminent threat to the USA was always folly. The idea was the passing off of the unaccounted for WMD's ( unaccounted for by Even Hans Blix in late January of 2003 ) to terrorist factions.
That is a completely rational thought, regardless of how bad the intelligence actually was at the time.
That's all I'm saying. Don't play the " __________ ( insert country ) was not an imminent threat ", because it goes way beyond such a sophomoric arguemnt.
I begrudgingly supported the Afghanistan invasion because the government was harboring people who had committed an act of war against our country.
I could get into the details about what we should have done there (i.e. rebuild the country as a model before we destroyed the next one) but suffice to say president Bush made a "solemn oath that the people responsible for this atrocious act would be brought to justice. That has not happened, nor has the reconstruction that would justify our actions to the world but more importantly to the Afghani people followed as promised. This has erased our credibility.
It could be argued, as I think Tony did, that the training camps represented (especially in light of 911) an eminent attack, and thus an invasion was justified.
But I was talking about Iraq, not Afghanistan.
Logical thought as it may be, Saddam did not represent an eminent threat to our homeland, their use of chemical weapons (with our tacit approval) 15 years prior notwithstanding.