Originally posted by Josh
War is never a humane way, especially not if the motives are less than humane.
If humane describes a measure which most effectively alleviates human suffering in a given situation, wars do occasionally warant that label. It doesn't necessarily follow that a violent act can never be humane. Similarly with large-scale violent acts, i.e. war. In this context alone, motives are irrelevant when determining if its humane or not. A military strike on Iraq to demolish its current leadership and democratically rebuild the country must be judged on its own merits in terms of what it accomplishes, and what the alternatives are.
We have to take into account the day-to-day casualties and the mistreatment which Saddam Hussein brings onto his own people if we do not choose that option. I doubt the Iraqis rejoice at the prospect of 20 more years under his oppresive rule, followed by 40 or so with his elder son, Uday, who by the looks of it might be even more whacked and defiant.
And we haven't even touched on the instability he brings to the region. It's easy to take the moral high ground when he doesn't live 30 yards down our block. And when we likely won't be first in line when he decides to bring his chemical or biological warfare circus from the late 80's to a town near you, perhaps aided by foreign radicals who share his resentment of America, Israel, and the West.
If we leave him alone, as some people seem to prefer, he will be left to scheme, plan, and plot as much as he likes, while tightening his grip on the Iraqi people. That's not the humane way.
Look what the American war drums have already achieved. Saving the United Nation from further embarrassment by getting the weapons inspectors back in. Saddam was basically laughing the UN in its face before Bush started to anal probe him.
The Arab countries have heightened the pressure on this government, and apparently the Saudis have even proposed a plan for exiling him.
Thanks to the U.S., things are moving along, and we might actually see an end to the Ba'ath regime in 2003.