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Pre-emption seeks to stop an action before it can occur, in this case, a military action against a foe before that foe conjures the ability to resist it or to launch its own strike. Pre-emption is not a popular policy among academics due to its many flaws and assumptions but it has tended to resonate with ordinary people due to its simplicity. For example, the US sought to preempt Saddam giving WMDs to al Qaeda by invasion; it was only after that we discovered that not only was Saddam not working with al Qaeda, but he did not have WMDs to give them.

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Preemption is the use of force to prevent an attack in a situation where immediate action is the only possible option.

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