conditional support for war on Iraq

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Date: Fri Dec 14 2001 - 17:17:39 GMT

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    If Bush et al decide, upon reasonable closure in the Afghanistan capaign,
    where the Al Quaeda are eliminated and an interim government put forth with
    the objective of bringing the ethnic factions together under one umbrella,
    and with clear objectives in mind for a campaign in Iraq, I would not be

    This campaign need not be immediate nor a full scale war, though I'm not
    eliminating this possibility. Forces should be amassed and ultimatums
    issued. There should be full inspections allowed throughout Iraq for
    whatever nefarious weapons programs Hussein might be backing. Failing this,
    the time for action will be obvious and hopefully our allies support us. The
    thorn in our side which has been festering all this time should be removed
    before it becomes too infectious to deal with in the future. Once closure is
    achieved conditions allowing the facilitation of a more friendly government
    in Iraq ready to be embraced by the community of the world should be put in
    place. Old wounds should be healed and the Iraqi people helped to get back
    on their feet.

    Upon closure in Iraq, the U.S. should plan on finally ending our military
    presence in Saudi Arabia, ironically one of the issues that got bin Laden
    all hot and bothered. Hopefully we can open relations with Iran, which has
    appeared to be a little less hostile, and give them a second chance, if our
    campaign in neighboring Iraq doesn't alienate them.

    If we have clear objectives set forth, failing stronger diplomatic pressures
    working beforehand, and a definite exit plan upon closure, I think I can
    support military action in Iraq.

    It's time to nip the problems in the bud before they become even worse and
    harder to manage later on in the ballgame. While we have momentum, we might
    as well get it over with.

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