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Friday, August 23, 2002
Just War?

That is, would a war with Iraq be a just war? Do we have a moral justification for preemptively striking another country?

People used to worry about such things as moral justification. People who call themselves conservative.

For a
clear examination of the question, see kuro5hin.

posted at 4:13 PM
Thursday, August 22, 2002
Dear Lea

and any other film buffs out there. Here's the ultimate movie lover's list of lists.

You gotta see this:
Slate's Dan Sallitt critiques the list for openers and links to it.

The Sight and Sound Top Ten Poll reports what critics and directors think the best films of all time are. They've been doing this poll for 50 years. Some of the greatest films in history are on the lists.
And you get a chance to vote for your one all time favorite too.

Love,
Dad

posted at 11:46 PM
Liberal Democrat Education is Wack

No fooling, that's the title of a new rap piece. (Is 'song' the right word?) This one was written by a couple of white Republican Minnesota businessmen. Rocco Gotti and Keith Roberts, co-founders of
CORAD Healthcare Inc., think that Blacks will appreciate their political message. The acronym that forms the name of their company stands for Citizens Opposing Racism and Discrimination. Sound bite here. Thanks, fellas.

Thanks to Tapped for the link.
posted at 12:39 PM
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
Get rid of this dummy

Even the very conservative
Michael Kelly is unhappy with the way W. is underachieving.
posted at 4:43 PM
My own doubts
about the invasion of Iraq began when I first noticed George F. Will advocating it,
as early as Sept. 20, and here, and on and on. Will's history of ulterior motives for his positions is always cause for suspicion. Morally, I am appalled that our country would even consider a "preemptive" attack on anyone. But let the pragmatists give the realpolitik reasons. See below.

posted at 2:44 PM
Top Ten
reasons
Not to “Do” Iraq from Ivan Eland, director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank.

Briefly:

  • High casualties

  • Terrorists would recruit more supporters as a result of an excessive, intrusive response

  • Distraction from al Qaeda

  • Threat from Iraq is exaggerated

  • Terrorist groups that Iraq supports do not focus their attacks on the U.S.

  • Containment policy has worked

  • Could destabilize or topple friendly governments in the region

  • Islamic nations -- many of whose territories would be needed to launch any invasion -- and our European allies are almost universally unenthusiastic about a military operation

  • Could cost billions of dollars, bust the budget and throw the U.S. economy into a tailspin

  • Could cause the world price of oil to skyrocket


WSJ hosts a discussion on the topic.

posted at 2:16 PM
Courage

like this is rare. Does
Anne Nivat have some other reason to put her life in danger, or is she looking for a true story to tell? This is what journalism is at its most heroic.


posted at 12:58 PM
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
A Wide Spectrum of Republicans

are outlined by the
WSJ on the question of invading Iraq. They've added one Democrat and several of our key foreign allies, but no left wing nuts. Let's hope that the voices of moderation might have a chance to be heard.

posted at 12:14 PM



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