The Hard Road to Debacle
This chapter looks at the different rationales for opposing war in Afghanistan. Some opponents of the war expressed concern for the lives of civilians, arguing that the events of 9/11 did not give the United States the right to kill innocent civilians anywhere in the world. Others expressed concern for the framework of international law, saying that Bush–Cheney’;s foolish rebuff of the United Nations was a sign of much worse antidiplomatic arrogance to come, at a time when the United States needed as many allies as possible. There were also those who argued that the United States could not be trusted to conduct a retaliatory operation against al-Qaeda and those who argued that 9/11 was a crime rather than an act of war.
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