OK, I have gone on record repeatedly here as being opposed to an invasion of Iraq (well, at least given the current situation, of course).
Now it seems like some dudes here & there are buying ads, demonstration, and otherwise argueing against any military action in Iraq. They say “Inspections work- war doesn’t” (or “… bombing doesn’t”).
However, by doing so they are ensuring that inspections won’t work. Hans Blix (who certainly is not a war hawk) has made it clear that only threats of US Military force have made the current round of inspections possible. Quote "I don’t think that there would have been any inspection except for outside pressure including U.S. forces ". (italics mine). He went on, this isn’t a quote out of context.
So the only way inspections will work is if there is a credible & real threat of US Military action, including invasion.
If there is any real benefit to demonstrations, it must be that they want the US to back off plans to invade. But if they work, and the US does so- the inspections won’t work.
Thus, by demonstrating against War, but pro-Inspeactions, they are actually lessening the chance that Inspections will have a real chance to work.:smack: