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Powell at Davos

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by rowd, Jan 27, 2003.

  1. rowd

    rowd Spark Maker

    History will judge harshly those who saw the coming danger but failed to act.

    <small>Following is the text of a speech given on Sunday by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.</small>

  2. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    Great speech, but from the couple of questions asked at the end, apparently meaningless.

    No one will accept what they do not wish to, and the US is becoming singularly alone in dealing with the Iraq issue.

    Everyone keeps asking, "Where's the proof?" The proof is in Iraqi inability or unwillingness to disclose the location of 30,000 delivery systems. In their inability or unwillingness to disclose the disposition of chembio agents the UN says they have, according to UNSCOM reports generated during the last round of inspections...testimony to the opposite by Scott "Let Me Touch Your Children" Ritter to the contrary. And in the Iraqi unwillingness to allow UN U-2s overhead access.

    It's not just a shell game; the US is the only nation who actively wishes to do something about it.

    "Where's the proof?" they ask. I refer them to 16 March 1988, and the deaths of 5,000 Kurds. That the international community is apparently all too willing to place a statute of limitations on such things as mass murder while at the same time turning over the odd, 80-something Nazi is unusual in the extreme.

    What we see is an international community that is willing to allow others to perish, so long as certain august members of that community themselves are not targeted. It's fine and well for the US to wear a bulls-eye on its head; let Americans die by the thousands, so long as French and German and EU interests (both physical and economic) are not threatened.

    Double standards? Why, yes, indeed they are. As Art Buchwald once said when being accused of having a double standard: "What's wrong with that?"

    Most double standards don't allow for people to get killed.


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