Tag Archives: WMD

Iraq: A Rushed Decision

April Glaspie shakes hands with Saddam Hussein

Friendly or Fauxy

In early 2003 Saddam Hussein had, at the very least, access to materials and designs for the production of weapons of mass destruction; furthermore, he would soon have had at his disposal the unfettered wealth of Iraqi oil fields. At that time President Bush appeared to be faced with a dilemma: either live with the coming critical mass of oil wealth and homicidal mania, or launch a preemptive war.

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Middle East Revisited: Iraq

When Chile and Argentina were ruled by brutal generals, I would gladly have had their regimes toppled. But our (U.S.A) executive branch had chosen instead to lay down with dictators and—not surprisingly—it rose up with a contorted sense of the legitimacy of its actions. Continue reading

Middle East Revisited: Terrorism

I write here of distortions in terrorist relationships to heritage and to self, not about their finding my country, the United States, to be a detriment to either. Stripped of these distortions, any disappointment in our involvement would not be constantly upstaging its own agenda.

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Wondering Through the Middle East

Where there is trust, the shortest route to a person’s beliefs is a straight question, but at this time where in the Middle East is there trust. Instead there are inner convictions, unspoken and often misguided, militating against peace. People are surely too complex and my credentials too sparse for more than guesses, so take much of what follows as such. Since often questions say more than they ask, also freely discard those of mine that seem to say too much and take the rest as starting points.

The inquiry addresses these topics:

  • Terrorism throughout the region
  • Palestinians and Israelis
  • Iraq and the Coalition
  • The quest for peace

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