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Old September 12, 2001, 04:55 PM   #10
RWK
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Law Dog and George . . .

With great respect for both of you fellows -- and for your intelligence and judiciousness in many past posts -- I civilly disagree.

> The fundamental issue we must confront is simple: Yesterday's events were acts of war, not criminal acts alone.

> Therefore, the recognized law of war is applicable.

> Under the law of war "innocents" are legitimate collateral targets, as evidenced by US actions in Dresden, Tokyo, Hanoi and so forth; while the judicial system may not sanction such actions, the conduct of war does.

> Since clear acts of war have been perpetrated on our nation and its people, it is absolutely legitimate for so-called innocents to be collaterally killed in the prosecution of this conflict.

> In fact, modern war inherently risks innocents, which is a principal reason those who would be our adversaries should refrain from belligerent actions.

> The alternative to a robust US military response is to enhance the third world's perception of the United States as a cowardly, indolent, decadent and indecisive county -- in its decadency. That will only encourage further terrorism committed on our citizens.

> It is far wiser for our nation to seek universal respect, even through fear, than unanimous love.

With best regards -- Roy
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