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Monday, March 17, 2003

The president will give the speech of his life tonight. This famous anti-war poem illustrates the horror of poison gas warfare and the despair it caused, leading the post WWI generation to try appeasement. So is preventive war against a user of poison gas justified? Discuss amongst yourselves. While discussing, consider a less important disagreement. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English opines, "These two [preventive and preventative] are synonyms, and each is Standard" and while Tiscali generally concurs, the two may be distinguished, as "preventative is often applied to an actual object, especially in noun form, while preventive is mostly reserved for an abstract concept, and remains an adjective."

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