Posted by: Timothy Roscoe Carter at March 21, 2003 09:12 AM

Decnavda: You claimed that violating international law would make America less safe. Bin Laden and crew attacked us 18 months before the attack on Iraq. Usually causes precede effects.

Anyway, we have not been attacked by Foreign Policy Quarterly. Fundamentalist Muslim terrorists do not care one whit for international law. Bin Laden complained about the loss of Spain and alluded to the failure of the Ottoman seige of Vienna. He doesn't give a damn whether the Great Satan gets a Security council majority.

Posted by: Floyd McWilliams at March 21, 2003 03:43 PM

Floyd -
1. Black & White thinking: There are not 2 "safety conditions in the world, "Safe" and "Dangerous". There are degrees. The world was not perfectly safe before we attacked Iraq, now it will be less safe.
2. Abiguous Terms: I never claimed that 9/11 was caused by our attacking Iraq. Indeed, I mocked the existence of any "links" between Saddam and Bin Laden.
3."Fundamentalist Muslim terrorists do not care one whit for international law." True. Because it is not enforced. Kidnappers do not care one whit for national law. But there are significantly fewer kidnappings in San Francisco than in Mexico City. That is because we enforce our anti-kidnapping laws better. And to return briefly to point 2, Saddam is not a "Fundamentalist Muslim terrorist". He is a secular Arab dictator. In my comments, I have explicitly supported our self-defense attacks on the Fundamentalist Muslim terrorists in Afganistan.

Posted by: Timothy Roscoe Carter at March 21, 2003 04:49 PM

The BBC's been nothing but defeatism 24 hours 'round the clock. That at least is the story for World Service. Can't say much about BBC TV though if Rajiv "Taleban" Omar is again in Bagdad, the story is already pretty much scripted.

Posted by: new yorker at March 24, 2003 08:53 PM
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