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<a href="http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2003/02/20/unmovic/index_np.html" target="_blank">http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason.../index_np.html</a><br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32416-2003Feb19.html" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2003Feb19.html</a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">President Saddam Hussein's government, apparently emboldened by antiwar sentiment at the U.N. Security Council and in worldwide street protests, has not followed through on its promises of increased cooperation with U.N. arms inspectors, according to inspectors in Iraq.<br><br><br><br>
No Iraqi scientist involved in biological, chemical or missile technology has consented to a private interview with the inspectors since Feb. 7, the day before the two chief U.N. inspectors arrived here for talks with Iraqi officials. The United Nations also has not received additional documents about past weapons programs, despite the government's pledge to set up a commission to scour the country for evidence sought by the inspectors, U.N. officials said.</div>
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Pro-peace/anti-war activism can have a number of effects. Will some of these effects be negative? Yes (explained below). Will these negative effects so totally overwhelm the positive effects that the net result will be negative? I don't think so, nor do I see a case to be made for that. Or, to put it more exactly, if this war is wrong, then the anti-war protests are justified, and taking account of any negative effects of the protest would not alter either the war being wrong or the protests being justified.<br><br><br><br>
From what I have seen and heard about the best guess as to what Sadaam is thinking, he hopes to cause as many casualties to Americans in any war and to drag it out long enough that the war will become unpopular in the US and the American people will cease to support it. I.e., the "Viet Nam Syndrome." So, sure, he is probably gleeful when he watches protests against the war on CNN or whatever he watches. And yes, to a degree, this emboldens him and encourages him not to comply with inspections, etc.<br><br><br><br>
This (protests "encouraging" our adversaries) was also true during the Viet Nam war, but there are several differences. First, the (North) VietNamese were serious military adversaries who had defeated First World powers (the French, Bank can joke as he will, but the joke was on us in VietNam for repeating virtually every mistake made by the French) and every other foreign invader/occupier for the past 1,000 years. The Iraqis are not really serious military adversaries, apart from the prospect that they may have weapons of mass destruction. We rolled over them fairly easily back in 1991. Second, Americans were being drafted in large numbers during most of the Viet nam war, so this presented very serious reasons to oppose the war. Since we now have an all-volunteer military, the anti-war movement is less seriously motivated. Third, from every retrospective on the Viet nam war that I have seen, there was no way we could have "won" that war. We could have done better than we did, but it still seems like it was "unwinnable" no matter what we might have done. Not so the war against Iraq, based on our experience in 1991. We may have huge problems keeping the peace and trying to govern Iraq after we "win" the military conflict, though. Fourth, the Viet nam war dragged on for more than a decade, depending on when you might want to start the clock on serious military involvement. The war in Iraq will be concluded in a much shorter time frame.<br><br><br><br>
I personally have mixed feelings about the war.<br><br><br><br>
But I do not believe that anyone should hesitate to protest because they might fear they would be "encouraging Sadaam." He showed his unwillingness to comply with the terms of the peace settlement long before the current round of protests started.
 

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I don't seem to fully understand how the protests encourage sadaam. if he wants to attack the US until the citizens don't support the war, that's already done. the majority of the US does not support the war. and i agree, no one should stop protesting because of that reason. i think protestors have to worry more about keeping Bush from starting the war in the first place. I was at the most recent protest in Milwaukee, and I strongly believe war is totally wrong. The US will attack Iraq, crush them, ruin their country leaving long term effects to innocent people and them leave them to suffer. we'll stick joe shmo in power and just cross our fingers that it works, which is most likely won't. Why is Bush so damn stupid?
 

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I thought it was funny in KC there was actually an organized protest against the war protesters. Man, I wish I wasn't out of town<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Wow, Joe. Good thoughts.<br><br><br><br>
Just to clarify: I am anti-war, and I wasn't meaning to imply that those who're also against it shouldn't protest. Not at all.
 

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i think there may be negative effects from anti-war protest but, if it is your spiritual or ethical conviction leading you to protest, you can't be swayed by that. to misquote margaret mead answering a question somewhat like this: "can the actions of an individual make a difference?" Mead responded something like ths "they are all that ever has" i try to stay hopeful
 

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I think it goes a little like, "Never doubt that a small group of committed people can make a difference; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Or something. Between the two of us, I think we've got it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Right on Femme <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/cool3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cool:">
 
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