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Submitted by Al Pinto (United States), Nov 13, 2002 at 12:10

Right on. I felt the same as you. Thought this guy [Ritter] was talking a bit over his head at times myself. Although, he does bring up some very interesting questions. Not sure that I cared much for his answers though.

George Bush Sr. and his administration raised the bar on what it means to fight a war in the dawn of the 21st century but couldn't get rid of Saddam without needless bloodshed. He didn't want to kill innocents to get to Saddam, which he would have, and didn't want to seriously endanger his own troops working around that reality. Urban Warfare is extremely hazardous if you have to go in and hunt and peck. I feel like the Clinton Administration's plan of caontainment was the best plan for his time. And I can't fault George W. for the way he and his administration are handling it now either. Whatever opinion you have about the guy, he's effective. He got Congressional and Senate approval to go to war if necessary. He forced the UN to show up for once and draft a tough resolution against Iraq, which was long overdue. Now he is forcing Saddam to do what he should have done after losing a war 10 years ago. Iraq must be held accountable for the Gulf War. It looks like the American Presidents have done well dealing with Iraq, avoiding further bloodshed without "pussing out" and I, for one, approve of each of them. Ritter's idea of charging Saddam with crimes against humanity in an international court is a great idea too.

Iraq, its people, must also accept a certain amount of responsibility for keeping a leader that abuses them as much as Saddam has over the past 20 years or so. A leader who stifles their lives and the lives of their loved ones. A leader who sticks his fist up at the world, who doesn't value their life. The man is a menace, a criminal, a murderer and a thief. Saddam is a sadist. They are putting their future in the hands of someone who doesn't value their life. It doesn't make sense.

Anyway, it looks like Saddam is going to actually accept the U.N. terms after all. What a laugh. Can you imagine if he does and then wins the Nobel Peace Prize? Such is life these days so I wouldn't be that surprised.


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