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Sounds great...now any dictator anywhere can claim they need to fight "terrorism" and they can be justified completely. Good job Colin Powell. Once again, who is to say that India won't bomb Pakistan on flimsy evidence? This sets a very interesting precedent. Who is to judge whether the threat is legitimate? I guess it's OK as long as the dictator is a pro-US dictator (you know, "He might be a sonofabitc*, but he's our sonofabitc*" in the infamous words of Franklin Roosevelt regarding the Somoza dictatorship) but if not, watch your back Mr. Dictator. And even if the US supports you now, be careful because you might just lose your value later on and the US will attack you for what you did when it was sanctioned by the US. You understand this point, don't you Saddam? Andrew ++++++++++++++ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/articleshow?artid=23440173 Nations can resort to pre-emptive strikes: US PTI [ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2002 09:33:27 AM ] WASHINGTON: Even while asking India to observe restraint despite Pakistan continuing cross-border terrorism, the US on Friday said any sovereign state can resort to pre-emptive or preventive strikes to avert an imminent danger. "The right to resort to pre-emptive or preventive strikes is inherent in the sovereignty of a nation to protect itself," US Secretary of State Colin Powell said speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "The concept of pre-emptive strikes has been included in this year's Strategy Report to alert the public to the fact that terrorist threat is different from other threats. It could be applied to terrorists or to a country", Powell said. Powell, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and others also asserted that recent disclosures by captured Al-Qaeda prisoners show that the terror network was active in Baghdad. Powell said that this statement is based on "credible evidence." Rice said that Iraq has provided some training to Al-Qaeda in chemical weapons development. Powell assured the Committee that the US goal after Saddam's ouster is a united Iraq and said US is opposed to a separate Kurdish State. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk