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Saturday, April 12, 2003

A strong warning to Syria

Perle, a Pentagon adviser, sees more preemption in future
Richard Perle, one of the chief U.S. ideologists behind the war to oust Saddam Hussein, warned Friday that the United States would be compelled to act if it discovered that Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have been concealed in Syria.

Perle said that if the Bush administration were to learn that Syria had taken possession of such Iraqi weapons, "I'm quite sure that we would have to respond to that."

"It would be an act of such foolishness on Syria's part," he continued, "that it would raise the question of whether Syria could be reasoned with. But I suppose our first approach would be to demand that the Syrians terminate that threat by turning over anything they have come to possess, and failing that I don't think anyone would rule out the use of any of our full range of capabilities."

In an interview with editors of the International Herald Tribune, Perle said that the threat posed by terrorists he described as "feverishly" looking for weapons to kill as many Americans as possible obliged the United States to follow a strategy of preemptive war in its own defense. more

We're watching more madness unfold before our eyes. Are we only going to be able to watch, identifying methods of propaganda and sitting helplessly by?
I've tried debating with some above average, fairly politically aware people, who I know under normal circumstances could never sit idly, yet it's happening.
The information is overwhelming and people don't want to take the time to explore it because it will upset their small world of comfort.
I'm including the text of an email I received after attempting to explain PNAC to someone. Her email was in response to an addendum of links I sent. It appears she ignored the first set of links I sent which included the newamericancentury website, a Nightline transcript and an NPR interview. Some of her remarks may be of value regarding how the information is presented for people who may be inclined to present it. I have replied to her email, making the information very simple, by directing her to the 'Rebuilding America's Defenses' .pdf document asking her to read pages 11-13 out of the 90 page document. (the highlighted mission in the gray table). I have yet to get a response. I do think she has some valid points regarding the use of certain 'alarmist' wording. her response:
I glanced at the links you sent. I don't consider some of the words in the pieces, like "exposing" and "frightening" and "sobering" and "plotted", to be words associated with balanced, respectable reporting. I think liberal paranoia is as objectionable as conservative paranoia.
You listed a number of sites but you didn't list, which is apparently the official website for the Project For A New American Century. It's not some big, scary, secret organization. They're very open about their conservative ideals and objectives. I read their mission statement along with the list of members and although I doubt that I'd agree with most of what they have to say, I'm certainly not willing to jump onto some sort of paranoid condemnation bandwagon.

The members of PNAC have certain current LIMITED power, limited power that may or may not even be there 2 years from now. Personally, I think the average American citizen is much more at risk, as a result of conservative judges being nominated by the White House. Hopefully Congressional Democrats..and a few enlightened Republicans ..will reject the nominees.
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