victoria is twenty-four years old.
she lives in british columbia, canada.
she writes poetry under the name: vjp
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The target of preventive war must have several characteristics:
1. It must be virtually defenseless.
2. It must be important enough to be worth the trouble.
3. There must be a way to portray it as the ultimate evil and an imminent threat to our survival.
Iraq qualified on all counts. The first two conditions are obvious. The third is easy to establish. It is only necessary to repeat the impassioned orations of Bush, Blair, and their colleagues: the dictator “is assembling the world’s most dangerous weapons [in order to] dominate, intimidate, or attack”; and he “has already used them on whole villages — leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind, or transfigured … If this is not evil, then evil as no meaning.”
The president’s eloquent denunciation of Saddam in his January 2003 State of the Union address surely rings true. And certainly those who contribute to enhancing evil should not enjoy impunity — among them, the speaker of those lofty words and his current associates, who long supported the man of ultimate evil in full awareness of his crimes. It is impressive to see how easy it is, while recounting the monster’s worst offenses, to suppress the crucial words “with our help, which continued because we didn’t care.” Praise and support shifted to denunciation as soon as the monster committed his first authentic crime: disobeying (or perhaps misunderstanding) orders by invading Kuwait in 1990. Punishment was severe — for his subjects. The tyrant, however, escaped unscathed and was further strengthened by the sanctions regime then imposed by his former friends"