TITLE

Waiting Game

PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;3/17/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 10, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The debate over war with Iraq centers on means rather than ends. Unlike Vietnam, where opponents questioned whether the goal of repelling Hanoi's aggression was worth the price in blood, nearly all war critics concede the necessity of the goal at hand-- disarming Iraq. Yet they insist it can be achieved at a lower cost, either by forcing Iraq to relinquish its weapons peacefully or by obtaining United Nations approval before invading. Consider voluntary disarmament. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein failed, weapons inspectors say, to submit a full accounting of proscribed weapons, as he was required to do under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1441. War opponents describe this state of affairs as "progress." In fact, it's just the opposite. Some war opponents have therefore retreated to a fallback argument: Even if Iraq never disarms completely, at least the presence of inspectors will keep it from expanding its arsenal. Just as naive is the hope that further delay will convince the Security Council to authorize force.
ACCESSION #
9253213

 

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