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Friday, September 17, 2004

Side issues

From the NY Times:
In his interview, Powell disputed U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's assertion that the U.S.-led war in Iraq was illegal, saying it was "not a very useful statement to make at this point."

"What does it gain anyone? We should all be gathering around the idea of helping the Iraqis, not getting into these kinds of side issues."
Hmmm...I guess we can expect to hear similar statements from Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, John Allen Mohammed, and other criminals--"What good does it do to prosecute me? All those people are already dead; we should focus on helping those who aren't."

Well, imagine someone breaks into your house and has already tortured two of your five children and is now moving on to the third. If you call the cops, wouldn't you want them to arrest the intruder and get him out of your house before starting psychoanalysis on the two kids who were already tortured? Allowing the criminal to stay in the house is not a "side issue" when a crime is being committed.