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Wednesday, February 05, 2003
The best that they can do
"In our country, in courts of law it has been customary to seek evidence that could prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That approach, of course, is appropriate when the objective is to protect the rights of the accused," Defense Secretary Donald Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday. "But in an age of weapons of mass destruction and weapons that can kill tens of thousands of innocent people, our goal has to be to take all reasonable steps to protect the lives of our citizens. That is a quite different task. What is being tested during this period is not whether the inspectors can discover something that the Iraqi regime is determined to hide; quite the contrary."
"What is being tested," Rumsfeld continued, "is whether or not, after more than a decade, Saddam Hussein will finally cooperate with the U.N. resolutions requiring his cooperation. Regrettably, the answer is more apparent every day as he continues to deceive and deny and reject those U.N. resolutions."
Translation: we have no proof that Iraq is a threat hence we haven't even tried to argue that point. Iraqi civilains do not deserve any protection.