Thursday, January 01, 2004

You know, when Colin Powell speaks, I really want to believe him. And I'm pretty sure I do. He does seem sincere in his desires to make the world a better place. He does seem to want to do it in a manner that won't piss off the rest of the world. He's just gotten caught up with a group that wants to spread American influence, for whatever reason, as quickly as possible and regardless of the costs.

With an editorial like this, especially one coming from someone who speaks as well as Colin Powell, words are chosen carefully. A couple of things that stood out for me:

"... nor is Iraq an incubator for weapons of mass murder that could have fallen into terrorists' hands."

This one stands out pretty plainly. It's not "stockpiles of WMD," but an incubator of WMM. An incubator is a place where something can grow, but is not necessarily growing. Also, WMM are not WMD. Something that brings on mass murder could toxic gas, nuclear weapons, religion, or any number of things. But it is not necessarily nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons that we were preached to about before this war began.

"... a secure and democratic Jewish state in Israel."

It's probably nothing, but I just found it interesting that the word "democraratic" was specifically used.

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