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The document asserts that "the central front in the war on terror is not Iraq, and never was", although Osama Bin Laden and his cohorts keep asserting the opposite.
Kant sees correctly that this doctrine must be demolished if morality and thus the true essence of humanity are to be preserved, but also that this demolition/preservation cannot be done simply by asserting the opposite, as though the modern age (Hume and consorts) had not happened.
On defence, the Netherlands, for one, still maintains that the current developments call for institutional changes, despite the Council's Legal Service asserting the opposite.