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The case for diplomacy: Damage, destruction and doubts

Gulf War
Nightscope video of anti-aircraft fire in Baghdad during the Gulf War
February 17, 1998
Web posted at: 11:05 p.m. EST (0405 GMT)

From Correspondent Frank Sesno

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An air campaign against Iraq could be nightmarish.

It could cause the death and wounding of innocent civilians.

It could trigger the unleashing of deadly biological and chemical agents.

And, the political fallout could include revenge plots against the United States by terrorists.

New kinds of weapons increase the potential for death and injury:

One new addition to the arsenal can destroy chemical and biological agents by penetrating deep into buildings or bunkers and incinerating anything in its path.