posted on Dec, 28 2004 @ 02:41 PM
Just a sidenote to all of this. NPR reported that allied casualties due to friendly fire were at around 30%... I'm not sure if this helps or hinders
Personally, I think that Bush made an extremely poor choice in attacking Iraq, but I must also concede that I am not the President, I am not a member
of the Pentagon, nor am I in any branch of military intelligence. For all we know, there might have been a very good reason which has yet to be
revealed, that has nothing to do with oil or a vendetta. Now I seriously doubt that there was a good reason, but I leave myself open to the
possibility that I am wrong.
As for our troops, I support them. I feel sorry for them having to go under the command of morons like Bush and Rumsfeld, but I am proud of them for
upholding their oath. The military does not train its troops to be free thinkers and doubters. If that was the case, it would be chaos. I think people
that criticize our troops for not jumping ship and leaving the military have no real concept of war. So bravo to our troops for sticking it out, even
in a situation where most people would bail.
However, I also applaud the few troops who have stood up for their beliefs, like the guy who claimed the war was illegal. They will have to suffer
their punishment, because despite whether or not they are right, they did break military law, but nevertheless, bravo to them for standing up for what
they believe is right. That doesn't make them a good soldier, but it does make them a good citizen.
I can't stand it when I hear people refer to our government as a Nazi state. It especially infuriates me when I hear an American say it. It's one
thing to have someone who doesn't enjoy the benefits of an American life, and who gets a very slanted viewpoint of us by their press. It's another
thing when the person speaking gets to enjoy all the rights and benefits of being an American citizen, and then turns around and defecates on our
flag. As an American, it's their right to do it and say it, but it is also my right to be offended at their actions, and I hope that someday they
grow up, or move out.
To the Iraqis, assuming any even read this board, I apologize for the actions of my President. I did not elect him, and I disagree with his actions.
No one wants your country. If it's all the same to you, I'm sure everyone would rather leave you be and get on with life. However, you keep shooting
and bombing places, so we have to stay longer to try and sort out the mess. If you stop, I'm pretty sure we'd stop shooting back, then we can finish
rebuilding the stuff we blew up, and we'll get out of the country.
To the other countries, what can I say that I haven't already said. Just try to keep in mind that around half of us can't stand Bush either, and
wish he were out of office right here and now.
Finally to the claims of genocide, I say this: The Iraq War is not genocide. Homicide, perhaps, but not genocide. We are not rounding up all Iraqis,
putting them in death camps, and gassing them. We aren't going in and burning entire villages and shooting anyone who flees a burning building. We
aren't releasing cannisters of nerve gas or sewing their fields with salt. I can guarentee you the resources and technology exist, that if we
were going to commit genocide on anyone, there would be absolutely no question about it. People die in war. That's War. It sucks, and no one
likes it except politicians. But if you start mistaking war for genocide, you're in for a very stressful and ignorant life.