Gary Smith wrote:

> I could easily have started earlier, but the scriptures state we only
> need to wait through 4 attempts by the enemy, prior to having justified
> war. I suppose I could have included the several Hi-Jackings of the
> 1970s,

Which planes did Iraq hijack in the 1970s?

> the Khobar Towers being brought down,

That was in Saudi Arabia and had Sudanese money (Osama bin Laden) behind it.

> I seem to recall a cruise
> ship or two being hi-jacked and American civilians killed.

The Achille Lauro. PLO, not Iraq.

> Then there was
> the Germany disco blown up, killing several American GIs. Am I missing
> any others?

Iran, not Iraq.

I hope you're not missing others, because so far you're not batting very well.

> I am not a warmonger. I'm not saying we should attack Iraq. I AM saying
> that the US is justified in so doing, if it chooses to do so.

I haven't seen you justify that.

> However, I
> think there are worse offenders in the Arab world, that are directly
> involved with Al Qaeda, and we should focus on those nations prior to
> Iraq. We should enter Yemen and Syria

al-Qaeda has nothing to do with Syria. If you want to blame one single country,
pick Pakistan, with Saudi Arabia a close second.

> and destroy Al Qaeda and terrorist
> cells there, just as we are doing in the Phillippines.

That's an entirely different situation -- in the Philippines we're dealing with
Islamic separatists. I hope if Quebec ever separates, you'll help us by invading

> Once the cells
> are stopped, we leave the areas, promising to return if the problems
> recur.

If you can figure out how to put an end to jungle-based cells, let Britain and
the Netherlands know. They fought decades-long wars trying to stamp out
independence movements in Malaya (Malaysia) and Indonesia.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and
falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
--Michelangelo Buonarroti

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