My corner of Hyde Park
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Iraq's neighbors wanted to inspect first, and avoid war if possible. Europe wants to try the peaceful approach first. While Saddam may tried to defy the U.N., Bush abrogated an ABM treaty, opposes U.S. payment of it's U.N. dues, threatens preemptive attacks, and threatens unilateral use of nuclear arms against a country without such arms. George W. Bush may want to clean up after his father, avenge his father, and become a John Wayne war hero, but the course he is charting would leave the U.S. alone in the world. John Wayne approaches were for swaggering on stage, not the deadly real world where we depend on the world more than it depends on us. We will be told chmical weapons have been found, but that is more likly to be a truthful as the "Tonkin Bay Attack", the cold war "Missle Gap", and Nayirah's "ghastly atrocities".
A U.S. war on Iraq might make make money for oil, but will cost the world dearly, and convince the muslim world Americans are a just target.
For the peace of the world, the world must act together, and as such has at least a hope of avoiding war in the first place. Until Saddam's neighbors see war as necessary, the threat looks like a bully from the developed Christian "first world" going after the oil of a muslim third world.