"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Friday, March 05, 2004

We Interrupt This Program...

Do you think that the Iraq war was illegitimate, because merely prohibited weapons programs have been discovered, rather than actual WMD? Well, the New York Times saw fit to print the following on Page 1, so it must think the existence of programs is pretty significant.

Should we have allowed Saddam to continue developing long-range missiles in defiance of the U.N.? Some folks think so. After all, he didn't have any artillery shells filled with mustard gas sitting around, so there was no rationale to invade, right?

March 5, 2004
Russian Engineers Reportedly Gave Missile Aid to Iraq
By JAMES RISEN

WASHINGTON, March 4 — A group of Russian engineers secretly aided Saddam Hussein's long-range ballistic missile program, providing technical assistance for prohibited Iraqi weapons projects even in the years just before the war that ousted him from power, American government officials say.

Iraqis who were involved in the missile work told American investigators that the technicians had not been working for the Russian government, but for a private company. But any such work on Iraq's banned missiles would have violated United Nations sanctions, even as the Security Council sought to enforce them.

Although Iraq ultimately failed to develop and produce long-range ballistic missiles and though even its permitted short-range missile projects were fraught with problems, its missile program is now seen as the main prohibited weapons effort that Iraq continued right up until the war was imminent...