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  •  Agent Orange. Anyone remember? (3+ / 0-)
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    carver, costello7, Laconic Lib

    Our current 'humanitarian' reasoning is that Assad used a chemical weapon [no actual proof] and therefore we have to blow the bejesus out of parts of his country 'just because', red line', and 'bad guy' to kill more people to keep Assad from killing more people, et cetera.

    We, Americans, used Agent Orange, a chemical weapon in Viet Nam but that was okay 'cause we are the 'good guys'.

    We, Americans, looked the other way when Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds but that was okay because he was on our side, 'the good guys'.

    We have no right to unilaterally declare war, pseudo or otherwise on any one or country 'just because' and that we are the 'good guys'.

    Now that I am thoroughly pissed off, I had better stop before I get myself into trouble.


    •  Not defending Agent Orange (1+ / 0-)
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      but technically I don't think that qualifies as "chemical warfare".  Agent Orange was a defoliant that was supposed to knock the leaves off the jungle canopy to remove cover and concealment.  It's a subtle distinction, but an important one.  Much like it's against international law to shoot a person with a .50 cal machine gun.  Heavy weapons are only supposed to be used against equipment.  But hey, if a person happens to get in the way...

      That doesn't make the use of Agent Orange any more right, just more legal.  It's similar to the use of Periquat (sp?) by the DEA to kill off pot fields.

      For the record, I agree that we shouldn't be embarking on any unilateral military action in Syria (or anywhere else that we haven't been attacked or asked for help for that matter).

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 08:36:48 AM PDT

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