March 21st, 2003

Dammit

Bad sportsmanship

While doing my usual morning review of the state of the world, I ran across this story in CNN-SI: Montreal sports fans booed the US national anthem at the start of a game between the Canadiens and the New York Islanders.

Cmon, folks. It's a frigging hockey game. It's not a forum for protest.

We, as a country, should remember who our friends are, and who deserted us when we needed help. We now know (as if we didn't before) what Canada and its people really think of us. We should act accordingly, especially in making personal decisions about buying and traveling.
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Dammit

On being sick of war

I just read nonethewiser's entry about feeling sad and sick about the war.

Guess, what, Rhia? I'm sad, and sick, too. I truly wish it hadn't come to this. Any alternative that accomplished the objective of holding Saddam to the promises he made in 1991 would have been better.

The problem is that there are no such alternatives. The inspection process had broken down. What limited success it had came only because there were 300,000 troops at his borders, and if we had backed down from that, he would have gone back to delaying and hiding and lying. (As if he ever stopped.)

He's already used weapons he wasn't supposed to have, and told the world he didn't have in his December declaration, in this conflict. He lied. Why should we believe he wasn't lying about other things? He's been reported to have issued chemical weapons to his troops, something else he wasn't supposed to have and claimed he didn't have. While I believe that using them would be about the stupidest thing he could possibly do, I also don't believe that his using them is outside the realm of possibility. If he does, I doubt people will realize we've been right all along.

While you're praying for people's safety, why not pray for the safety of the troops, too? Oh, that's right, they're instruments of an eeeeeevil American policy. They must not be worth praying for.

Were you praying for the safety of the Iraqi people while Saddam and his sons were indiscriminately raping, torturing, and killing them as a matter of government policy? I wasn't (because I don't pray), but I was concerned about them long before this war.

We won't go for the big guns first (if, by that, you mean the use of weapons of mass destruction), but if Iraq does, you darned well better believe that the US will retaliate. It has been long-established US policy that any use of any weapon of mass destruction on US troops will be answered in kind - and since that same long-established policy considers chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons to be equivalent, that means that we will use a nuke in reply. What else would you have us do? The US military is prohibited by law from having any chemical or biological weapons, so our choice in what to respond with is limited.

I didn't want this war. I still don't. However, I see no other way to terminate the threat that Saddam Hussein represents to his own people and the world.
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Sheila

Two unrelated notes

First, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling by Rush Limbaugh's brother, a Federal judge in St. Louis, that held the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act's prohibition on junk faxes unconstitutional. The relevant part:

"We conclude that 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(C) satisfies the constitutional test for regulation of commercial speech and thus withstands First Amendment scrutiny. There is a substantial governmental interest in protecting the public from the cost shifting and interference caused by unwanted fax advertisements, and the means chosen by Congress to address these harms directly and materially advances the governmental interest. The statute is also narrowly tailored to create a reasonable fit with its objective. Accordingly, we reverse the judgment dismissing the claims asserted under § 227(b)(1)(C) and remand the case to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion."

Second, who said this?:
"Look, we have exhausted virtually all our diplomatic effort to get the Iraqis
to comply with their own agreements and with international law. Given that,
what other option is there but to force them to do so?"

I'll put the answer behind Collapse )
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