On the other hand, even Sanders voted for this resolution...posted by hincandenza at 11:46 PM on September 14, 2001
Way to spin, owillis- I do believe that's what is called a "straw man" argument. I suppose the stunningly poor people of Afghan- and other places in that region- who've already been victimized for years by the lunatic militaristic fringe that run their "governments" are 'the guilty' of which you speak? Or to steal your straw man: "Don't just put murderers in jail; we must also shoot up the neighborhood they live in and hunt down their previous victim's families and kill them too! THAT will teach people to kill people! Mwu-hahahahaha!"
I guess the concept those who can't understand why Lee would cast a 'Nay' vote may be missing is that voting now for 'military force' may be too early and too-wide open. Ms. Lee may fear that it's a vote and resolution that leaves a too-wide open door with a $40B blank check for Bush (just days after the Congress/White House was in a big spat over the fact that the huge tax break swallowed up the surplus that would be MIGHTY useful right now) that might mean indiscriminate bombing in the future. That's indiscriminate bombing that will take innocent lives for the sins of their governments or a few extremists from their country, indiscriminate bombing that will potentially create a new generation of survivors yearning to get revenge at the country that bombed them "back to the Stone Age" ( <-- I'd urge ya to read this; it's that article from the Afghan-American writer linked earlier today).
I'm not sure how I would have voted on this resolution if I were in Congress, but I hope owillis you realize that this isn't just some "namby pamby liberal 'don't punish the guilty'" scenario. There may actually be thought behind it, and at least we should commend Ms. Lee for having the courage of her convictions especially in a situation when it would be so easy to just go with the rest of the Congress.posted by hincandenza at 12:11 AM on September 15, 2001
Although to be fair about the general tone of my postings, I will freely admit I'm the most prolific-est hyperbolating poster that ever lived!posted by hincandenza at 1:00 AM on September 15, 2001
Again, we have a choice: we may try to understand, or refuse to do so, contributing to the likelihood that much worse lies ahead.
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