…and so it begins. U.S. forces launched a ‘decapitation’ attack at Iraqi targets last night. CNN and all of the other news networks are broadcasting images of Tomahawk missile launches, jet fighter launches, interviews with soldiers, and other war-related coverage.

Those who read this weblog know that I am for the war in Iraq and I am in agreement with the Bush administration on this issue. There are plenty of people who disagree with me, of course, and that’s fine. But now that the conflict has started, I believe it’s time for the American public to show their support for the troops on front lines. They are risking their lives to fight for their country, and every one of them deserves our blessing and thanks now and when they come home.

Meanwhile, the debate boils on over the moral legitimacy of the war. Worldwide opposition to military action is substantial but I maintain that there was no other solution. Diplomacy is preferred to armed conflict. Not only is it far more civilized and peaceful, talking out a solution is also far cheaper than mounting a “shock and awe” campaign followed by hundreds of thousands of storming soldiers. But sometimes you come across a leader who rebuffs diplomacy and refuses to play by the rules, despite some outward gestures that suggest that he is being compliant. The problem with diplomacy is that some regimes just cannot be convinced by it. As barbaric as it is, force is sometimes the only option for bringing change to a nation…and we have come to that option after TWELVE YEARS of attempted diplomacy.

There is substantial risk to our soldiers, but this is now unavoidable. Saddam wants us to engage him in combat, and that is what we’re doing. If he truly had NO weapons of mass destruction, I doubt he would have egged us on to this extent. Furthermore, Saddam is a malicious dictator and everything that I have read about his government chills me to the bone. His contempt for human rights is shocking enough to justify military force, let alone his handling of U.N. Resolution 1441.

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