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More On Precedents

Yes, yes I think precedents are important. But the precedent here is a bit different than the one described by opponents of war. First, we’ve negotiated with Iraq through the UN for 12 years with nearly twenty binding resolutions. We tried sanctions and containment. We have allies. The UN agrees on the ends of disarmament not the means of how to achieve. Etc etc. The notion that this is a sudden, unilateral, unexplained assault on one country by another defies all reality. That is the precedent we are working with.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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