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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Buehrens direct.

On Saturday I criticized the report John Buehrens, former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, made about his recent trip to Iraq. Now the UUA has posted a January 10 interview with Buehrens that confirms my unease with parts of his argument.

I share Buehrens's opposition to the Bush administration's stated policy of pre-emptive war. He says the delegation "came back convinced that this policy will not make us more secure but less; foment terrorism; radicalize people throughout the middle east; and expose us as a heavy-footed imperial power. We should tread more lightly than this." Those are good reasons to oppose Bush's foreign policy. But finding things to admire about Saddam's regime hurts Buehrens's pragmatic argument.

As I said before, the opposite of war, in this case, is not peace. It's a brutal dictatorship. Liberals still need a foreign policy to rally around.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 22 January 2003 at 4:08 PM

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