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wTuesday, February 18, 2003

EXPLOSIVE THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: I do not want war with Iraq, so I should logically fall into the protest camp. (Though the cultural clash could serve as a deterrent.) But here's a thought: What if the U.S. wins this one without firing a shot?

I'm not kidding. The defense department has made little effort to deny that one objective of renewed hostilities with Iraq would be to kill Saddam Hussein within the first 48 hours. However, the secretary of state has also made it clear that the U.S. government might allow the dictator to avoid this fate by going into exile. If Saddam, in effect, comes out with his hands up--freeing his subjects and handing the U.S. a bloodless victory--what would the anti-war camp say then?

I mention this because fence sitters like myself would have a hard time not concluding that all the saber rattling and troop buildup was in some way justified by such an outcome. The brutal sanctions regime could be relaxed, the U.S. would be forced to eventually move its military presence elsewhere and America could legitimately claim to have liberated a country from a brutal tyrant.

posted by Jeremy at 3:05 AM