A brief political reason: I finally figured out, after this post of his, just what bothers me so much about Stephen Den Beste’s insistence on the moral imperative that the United States has to act unilaterally against Iraq. What bothers me is that SDB seems to genuinely believe the US-Iraqi dispute to be a dispute between two nations and two nations only: the US and Iraq, and that no other nations need concern themselves with out little war. It seems to me that one lesson of history is that “private little wars” like this tend to have effects, for good or ill and foreseen and unforeseen, on far more nations than just the two combatants.
I still waver on the issue of whether or not we should invade Iraq, and I’m not going to delve into it here; I’ve broken my “no politics” pledge enough already. But I will note that I find the current meme in the pro-war community, “It’s between the US and Iraq and everyone else can butt the hell out”, to be a dangerous and possibly short-sighted attitude.
And as Mr. Gump would say, “That’s all I have to say about that.”