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Re: [ba-unrev-talk] Connecting the Dots...

Hi Eric--    (01)

Eric Armstrong wrote:
> You've kept the structure, summarized the positions, and
> retained the attributions. What conclusion did you reach?    (02)

That your argument falls short on at least three counts.    (03)

Firstly, I do not see it as likely that Hussein would sell weapons to 
al-Qaeda. To justify any military action, this would have to be more 
than just likely-- and my conclusion so far is that it is less.    (04)

Secondly, even if he did, I do not believe it is the United States' role 
to judge whether military action is appropriate; it's the international 
community's (formally, the Security Council's). I do not believe that 
the US have a special moral authority to do this.    (05)

Thirdly, Iraq is not the only place in the world to get dangerous 
weapons. What would it help to attack Iraq specifically?    (06)

(I'm not providing arguments here, just my conclusions, as the arguments 
are in the previous mails-- feel free to challenge!)    (07)

I also do not see evidence that Hussein still has B or C weapons to sell 
to al-Qaeda, but we have not discussed this yet.    (08)

- Benja    (09)