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Re: [casi] Scott Ritter and Butler on Donahue

For what its worth, I watched the Ritter-Butler "debate" which was somewhat
interesting despite the dumbed down talk show format, that is until 2
hawkish pro-war advocates were brought on stage to give their ill-informed
comments. Probably the most salient point made was by Butler who resolutely
said that any unilateral war engaged by the US against Iraq would be wrong,
illegal and unjustifiable, and that the only way military action should
occur, if it does and if its absolutely necessary,  is through UN Security
Council approval. He also said that the inspectors need much more time,
beyond jan.27, to perform their current tasks, and that no attempt be made
to pre-empt their work by a premature move towards war. Butler has made
these comments against unilateral military action frequently elsewhere, and
more should be made of it in the case against an unnecessary and provocative
war that the Washington hawks are pushing, as as he is not some-one who
readily criticises the US. Ritter also, however, effectively set the record
straight about the inspectors being "thrown out" by Iraq in 1998, which
Butler referred to (in fact Butler withdrew them before the bombing), as
well as saying that UNSCOM was compromised by the US which was using the
inspections regime for espionage outside the mandate of the insepctors'

Peter Kiernan

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