Winston Smith wrote:
urodacus wrote:how the fuck do you prove that you don't have a concealed weapon?
You can't. That's the beauty of it -- as Iran is about to find out.
You're forgetting sth.
You can't. That's the beauty of it -- as Iraq has found out.
There were lots of concealed weapons.
I like my analogy of a stinky whorehouse.
Iraq was a den of vice with lots of ladies of the night, johns, and a really, really nasty madame.
Lots of incredibly dirty fornication going on (building of a supergun with Canucky Gerald Bull, the foul treatment/gassing of the Kurds, Marsh Arabs etc., the building of chemical weapons facilities with German and French assistance, the post 9-11 meetings between intelligence services (Mukhbarat) and terrorism operatives (many organizations had safe haven there for many years---e.g.,Abu Nidal).
People in the larger community asked the whorehouse to stop being so nasty, especially after a pivotal event made such behavior even more riskier. The madame just shrugged her shoulders, continued to run her establishment and played games with the useless city inspectors (the UN). Finally, the big sheriff (coalition) demanded that the whorehouse be cleaned up. Just because he didn't find the madame or one of her ladies of the night IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO, doesn't mean there weren't loads of nasty things that had been done and could have continued to be done.
The world is better without the den of vice, but horny stupid locals (worldwide left/university academics, activists etc.) would rather criticize the sheriff than admit the town is quite a bit cleaner now.