“this war is not about defending the Iraqi people. (If it was, why didn’t the US ever go in to save the Kurds, who were gassed years ago?)”
America did put sanctions on Iraq for gassing the Kurds in 1988. Remember, the left was against Saddam and now you insist on keeping him in power.
“If you wonder why the US has never helped the Tibetans (or as you would say ‘twiddles its thumbs’) : China is a formidable opponent and there is no oil in Tibet.”
The fact that you had to bring up oil shows how idiotic you are at the core. It’s an unneeded bit of whining. Hell, even if Tibet did have oil, it’s not like it’d matter to the US because there’s oil in the Stan countries that Russia used to have and there’s oil in other places and if you want to reduce the use of oil then you are free to invent a miracle replacement.
“being anti-war in my case means that I want a UN resolution before the US invades. I would like evidence presented to the UN that Saddam is planning something and has the weapons to do it.”
And if you are shown that Saddam will do something, you won’t believe it. Would it have taken Pearl Harbor for you to think Japan was a threat? Would it take Saddam firing weapons at Israel to believe he should be dealt with? Under your appeasement, you’re allowing for more time for the Iraqis to do whatever they are doing.
“if you don’t realise how preparing to attack without a UN mandate looks from outside the US”
The World also supported tyrants like Hitler and Stalin when they marched. The World’s opinion, in essence, is meaningless due to the fact of their bias. The Arab bias against Israel due to what they were taught. The European bias against America.
Two quotes for you.
“These demonstrations expressed in their spirit, meaning and slogans the decisive Iraqi victory and the defeat and isolation of America,” Al-Jumhuriya said in a commentary.
“I want to say to all these people who are against the possible war, that if you think by doing so you are serving the interests of Iraqi people or saving them, you are not. You are effectively saving Saddam. You are depriving the Iraqi people of probably their last real chance get rid of him and to get out of this dark era in their history.”- Dr B Khalaf ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/letters/story/0,3604,895397,00.html )