Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Double Standard: The Use of Depleted Uranium in Iraq

The United States tromped off to war with Iraq on charges that the country was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction and posed a threat to national security. Nearly three years after the start of the war, evidence of WMD in Iraq still remains to be seen. Considering recent revelations about falsified intelligence regarding WMD, it is likely that none will ever be found. Presently, the United States and Britain are using weapons in Iraq that contain depleted uranium which has been identified by a United Nations resolution as a weapon of mass destruction. How can the American people disregard such obvious duplicity?

Consider the following: Your supervisor at work finds out that you have been reading your personal, web-based email while on company time - completely contrary to company policy. You are reprimanded, forced to sign a statment that is filed with your employee records, and told to read your personal email on your own time, or be fired. Considering the policy, you know you were wrong and vow not to continue to do such things in the future. All's well. Three days later you step into your supervisor's office to hand in a report that is due to see him typing a personal email. For fear of the repercussions, you don't say anthing. For the next few days you watch what your supervisor does, and you find out that he not only uses his personal email during company time, but that he is also making stock market trades, surfing the web, and buying gifts for his wife - all on company time. Can you see the double standard? Why should you be punished, or threatened with punishment, while he gets away with the same offense?

The same holds true of the United States and Britain currently. There is a double standard in effect. If the attack on Iraq was to stop them from using WMD why should the forces sent into the country to prevent that be allowed to use them?


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