(continued from the previous post)
In fact, the nation whose current behavior reminds me of the Nazis is, ironically, America. Bush continues to skip from one rationale to the other (preventing Saddam from gaining nuclear weapons, possible but unproven al Quaeda links to Iraq, etc., etc.) trying to justify an attack it's obvious he desires, regardless of the reasoning. This is the same sort of shifting, sometimes inconsistent rhetoric Hitler spouted to "justify" his invasion of the Sudatenland. That should not suggest that I equate Bush with Hitler in any way; only that in both cases the arguments are equally transparent and, at least in the judgment of the international community, unconvincing.
Bush has tried to frame the looming attacks as "pre-emptive strikes," but that distorts the meaning of "pre-emptive." The attacks cannot be pre-emptive unless there is a clear and immediate threat to be pre-empted. No such threat exists. Or at least, if it does, it has not been demonstrated in any of the documents released by Bush or by Tony Blair. These attacks would not be pre-emtive, they would be preventative. The goal is to nip Saddam before he has the chance to pose an immediate threat. That's a dicier proposition, and a tougher sell. And, although Bush seems to be oblivious to this reality, what the international community thinks matters. A lot. To paraphrase a line from Jeff Goldblum in JURASSIC PARK, "You were so busy wondering if you could do it, nobody stopped to ask if you should do it."
If there's one thing I know for certain about life, it's that timing is everything. The fact remains that Saddam Hussein is a danger and must be dealt with, but I simply do not believe that the time to deal with him is now. This may sound counter-intuitive, but in the long run, America would be better off to wait. Wait until we have incontrovertible evidence that Saddam is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons, or a smoking gun linking Iraq and al Quaeda, or until Iraq attacks one of its neighbors or one of our allies. Then we could go in with the backing of the entire world, as a white knight instead of a loose cannon.