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  •  Right, libya was contained. (none)
    I don't mean to be rude, but what are you talking about?  How was Libya not being contained with sanctions? Containment was one of our three basic options for dealing with Hussein--the one I and most other Democrats wanted to try with Iraq.

    My point wasn't that this fucked up war was a better option than containment, its that containment was causing widespread suffering in Iraq that might have gone on for decades, the way it did with Libya.  The ramifications were actually worse because containing Iraq actually meant monthly bombing runs in the no fly zone, and the lack of oversite over the oil for food program was causing massive starvation.  Accepting decades of bombings and starvation should not have been an easy choice.  Thats all I am saying.

    Look, letting the Iraqi people rot under the thumb of Hussein might have been our best option given the ramifications of 'regime change', but I think it was a bad enough option to hear out the Tony Blairs and Tom Friedmans of the world.  And the lefts 'told you so' rhetoric, especially aimed at people who have already come to an anti war position, is really unattractive.   Its not going to push me into the Bush camp, but I have to admit feeling a great deal of relief that Dean is out of the running.

    •  Balance (none)
      Well, I guess it comes down to one of those horrible moral calculations: is there going to be a highr quantity of suffering by invading or sustaining the status quo? It is indeed a very, very difficult question, one even this pacifist has to really ponder. At this point obviously, we'll never know.

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