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Preemption Presumption

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Posted by Robert Garfinkle on March 22, 2003 20:56:57 UTC

I engaged in a conversation regarding the preemptive measures taken by Allied forces. A few questions were brought to the surface that I wish to ask all of you. I would like your input.

For the first time, in US history (and in some other countries history), we have engaged in a preemptive strike. This preemptive action was, according to the US and other governments, needed to help rid the world of tyrranical rule and thwart terrorism.

Based on what I just stated, if it is accurate, I ask the following:

1. Does this action, by the set of allied forces, now give other countries permission to engage in a similar fashion?

2. Because everyone has a different viewpoint of what is considered threatening to 'their people', could some country, some day, see democracy, as a threat, and take similar action against countries like the United States?

3. What do we do, as a set of allied forces, do to convince the world, that in some cases, preemptive measures are warranted, but that it is not a normal way to 'carry forward' life as a sovereign nation or set of nations?

I add:

North Korea, which I am rather worried about, if they 'get the idea' that preemptive is a 'solution' in dealing with what 'they' consider to be threatening to their way of life. How do we cope with that?


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