Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The Australian's war editorial.

As our troops in the Gulf steel themselves against the gravest danger, all of us hope for their safe return, all of us admire their bravery. Only the most compelling reasons would justify what we are asking them to do on our behalf. But in committing Australian troops to a US-led coalition, the Howard Government has made the right decision, both in terms of morality and in terms of Australia's national interest. It is important to note that George W. Bush has not launched the kind of unannounced, unprovoked attack on Iraq that terrorists, whom Iraq has long supported, launch on their enemies. Instead he has given Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq. By doing so, Hussein could prevent innocent Iraqi civilians having to bear the cost of a terrible conflict. Alas, for more than two decades Hussein has waded in the blood of millions of those innocent civilians. So while there must always be hope, there is absolutely no reason to seriously think he will accept the US President's offer. War seems inevitable, and has seemed inevitable from the moment the French Government, for its own political reasons, decided to undermine the effort to show Hussein that the world speaks with one voice on his possession of weapons of mass destruction.

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