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March 20, 2003 | Doyle McManus and John Hendren, Times Staff Writers
It was an incongruous way to start a war: a single airstrike at dawn, a terse four-minute statement from President Bush -- and then a strange silence. But military planners have been saying for months that this war will not resemble any other recent conflict, including its predecessor, the 1991 Persian Gulf War. They have already been proved right. Instead of the "shock and awe" that U.S.
February 5, 2003 | Benjamin R. Barber
The Bush administration is releasing small pieces of intelligence in dribs and drabs to make its circumstantial case for war with Iraq. Hints were dropped in the State of the Union message, and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell promises more at the Security Council today. In making the case for war, there is one thing on which President Bush and his critics agree: It's all about trust.
November 10, 2002 | David Holley and Maria De Cristofaro, Times Staff Writers
Hundreds of thousands of activists from across Europe marched peacefully through Florence, Italy, on Saturday in a long-planned anti-globalization protest that became a festive rally against a possible U.S.-led war on Iraq. Headed by a banner proclaiming "No War," the march came a day after the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to give Iraq "a final opportunity" to rid itself of weapons of mass destruction or face "serious consequences." Police estimated the crowd at 450,000.
October 27, 2002 | James E. Goodby, James E. Goodby entered the U.S. Foreign Service in the Truman administration and retired during the Clinton administration, when he was chief negotiator for the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction programs.
WASHINGTON -- A hostile government with evil designs and the means to attack America with weapons of mass destruction. Could a preventive war waged by the United States free the world of this danger? The Eisenhower administration, faced with this imminent threat, considered the idea of a preventive war, then dismissed it. That history has clear lessons for the Bush administration as it prepares to wage war against Iraq to prevent Saddam Hussein from developing nuclear bombs.
August 21, 2002
Arthur Schlesinger Jr. says it well in his Aug. 15 commentary, "The Immorality of Preventive War": "Unilateral preventive war is neither legitimate nor moral." He argues that aggression by Iraq would play into American hands to give reason for attack and a regime change. Being an aggressor has not been the American way, and such an aggressive action by the U.S. would surely undermine our moral standing in the world. As a people and a nation, our country's greatness has usually been enhanced when we are peace-seeking and working for the common good.
August 19, 2002
Question: How many terrorist attacks have been averted due to the Bush administration's threatening posture toward Iraq? Every terrorist organization knows that if it launches a major attack against the U.S., then the ruling party in Iraq will be ousted along with any financial support the terrorists receive from that source. I consider the threatening posture toward Iraq a brilliant strategy on the part of the Bush administration. William W. Hildreth Pacific Palisades Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s premise that it would be immoral for the U.S. to remove Saddam Hussein by force is yet another example of the political left wing's skewed ideas of morality (Commentary, Aug. 15)
June 24, 2002
Nuclear weapons protesters point out that current tensions between Pakistan and India, and the possibility of a nuclear war, prove that they have been right all along--that nuclear weapons must be abolished. These protesters could not be more wrong. The existence of nuclear weapons is the one thing that has prevented major wars for the last 57 years. One only needs to look at the millions killed in two world wars to realize that that pattern would have continued, with ever more lethal conventional weapons, except for the deterrence of nuclear weapons.
Only three months ago, President Clinton was presiding over summit talks that held the promise of a Mideast peace agreement. But Monday, Clinton and his aides were at work on a far graver effort--trying to prevent a full-scale Arab-Israeli war.
Three decades of relative calm across the Taiwan Strait now may be coming to an end. We are rapidly approaching a decision period in which choices made in Beijing, Taipei and Washington will shape the nature of cross-strait relations--and the security environment in East Asia--for decades to come. Taipei's new leader, Chen Shui-bian, is exhibiting remarkable pragmatism. Beijing, for all its bellicose rhetoric, is pulling its punches.
August 6, 1995
Re "Ever Vigilant" (July 30): Dec. 7, 1941--Aug. 6, 1945. Whatever your opinion of the events between those dates, one thing is clear. Those who suffer most are the innocent people who have no real say in the matter. The instigators, whether emperors, Presidents, generals or politicians, are far removed from the gory realities. We must all accentuate our passion for other human beings to assure a war of this magnitude never happens again. TOM IRELAND La Crescenta
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