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Friday, February 07, 2003

posted at 7:54 PM
Colin Powell presents his 'evidence.' Bush uses two fallacies to argue for war

In just what way does the U.S. get the right to go to war over something that can be solved in a much less bloody way?

Bush has offered the
False Dilemma for the thousandth time. "Either let Saddam bomb us or we bomb him." He knows as well as you and I do that Saddam has been afraid to attack us, or even his near neighbors, since the Gulf War.

And the dilemma itself seems to flow from that old illogical standby, the Irrelevant Conclusion. "Saddam is a liar and a cheat; therefore he is about to attack the U.S."

During the Cold War, the goal was always peace. We didn't always achieve it, but at least we sought it. We did, finally, achieve peace with the Soviet Union long enough for it to fall apart without war. Now, the goal is not peace. War is the goal.

What bloody minded mad man has hatched this idea? Whither the United States of America, land of the free? Does being the home of the brave excuse us from being good?
posted at 7:53 PM



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