Stephen A. Frye
safrye at CONCENTRIC.NET
Sun Feb 1 20:45:40 MST 1998
>Stephen you're so right. This mess in Iraq wouldn't be happening if Bush
>had let the military finish the job in 91. I read once that the Roman
>emperors had a policy of not leaving anyone with a grudge in a position to
>do anything about it. If they conquered someone they either killed the
>conquered ruler or gave him more power than he would have ever had on his
>own, thus ensuring a loyal ally. In this case Bush left someone with a
>grudge in a position to do something about it.
The problem is I don't know what to do about it now. I'm glad I am not a
general or military leader. I don't have a clue.
Though I believe that something must be done, I also believe that any
military strike, short of a total force to complete submission, will
accomplish nothing. We'll destroy some known weapons plants, kill some
civilians, and Sadam will once again to appear as a martyr and hero to his
people. We will appear as the monster capitalist infidels. Business as
usual, just a lot more people dead afterwards. My very sad guess is that
someday we, or perhaps some other country, will pay a very high price for
our past hesitation.
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