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Thursday, March 6, 2008

RE: What "cowardly excuse for attacking Afghanistan"?

Harland Harrison wrote:

HH) They claimed to be frightened of "terrorists".   (HH

Are you seriously suggesting that the Taliban weren't harboring more Qaeda terrorists like those that caused 9/11?

HH) The government told us citizens that Afghanistan was making WMD,  even publishing fanciful drawings of caves with "laboratories" supposedly in Afghanistan. (HH

When?  Nothing like that -- not even a hint about WMD -- was mentioned in Bush's speech announcing the attack on the Taliban:  Can you quote a single sentence from it that you disagree with?  For that matter, can you quote a single sentence from the LNC press release I forwarded that you disagree with?

HH) George W. Bush warned, "These same terrorists are searching for weapons of mass destruction, the tools to turn their hatred into holocaust. They can be expected to use chemical, biological and nuclear weapons the moment they are capable of doing so." (HH

Are you certifying that al Qaeda wouldn't use WMDs if they had access to them?

HH) Then the administration joined with the warlords of the Northern Alliance, without a treaty or a declaration of war. The US Air Force dropped bombs on troops that did not even have helmets, guided by US spotters behind Northern Alliance lines. (HH

Boo hoo. Should we have dropped helmets first, and bombs second?  More to the point, are you suggesting that the U.S. was not justified in attacking the Taliban for Bush's stated reasons?  One wouldn't know it from your message, but Bush's actual justification was this:

GB) More than two weeks ago, I gave Taliban leaders a series of clear and specific demands:  Close terrorist training camps; hand over leaders of the al Qaeda network; and return all foreign nationals, including American citizens, unjustly detained in your country.  None of these demands were met.  And now the Taliban will pay a price.  By destroying camps and disrupting communications, we will make it more difficult for the terror network to train new recruits and coordinate their evil plans. (GB