posted on Jul, 12 2007 @ 10:13 PM
Originally posted by Rockpuck
No, Iraq was not, by far, the most western nation in the ME...
Iraq was powerful in the 90's.. technologically advanced over many other ME nations with their oil wealth funding the research..
This was the information that was fed to us before the 1st Gulf War. After the 1st Gulf War I would agree with you that they weren't as Westernized
as the rest of the Middle East. But before the 1st Gulf War there are many who would agree with me. There are reasons for this:
1st: We were there supplier of Arms from 1980 to lets say 1990.
2nd: We bought most of there oil in that time frame
3rd: We trained almost all of there Doctors at the time
4th: We Blindly supported there War with Iran through the supply of WMD'S at the time
5th: We DIDN'T GIVE A RATS A** ABOUT THE KURDS AT THE TIME
6th: (This may or may not be true, but I have seen a film on it) Sadaam was actually a CIA agent and was backed by the US Government and provided
the approval and the means to kill his Political opponent in the 50's to gain power.
Through these acts, we Westernized Iraq to defeat the evil communists. At the same time, we helped Sadaam and Iraq become the most Westernized, maybe
except Israel, in the Middle East.
When Rumsfield went to Iraq and told Sadaam "Go ahead and invade Kuwait" it gave us a perfect opportunity to Control his Country thru the UN and in
the meantime set his Country back about 10-20 yrs. This is the US's MO when we decide to do the "Greater Good". We have done this same thing to
many countries, especially in Latin America, through CIA Black Op operations which help our main objective.
Just look at what has happened since the Mid 80's as far as our presence in the Middle East. We have permanent basis scattered throughout the
Region. I don't doubt for one bit that as soon as we leave the people alone there we will see progress. I don't doubt for one bit that Iraq is the
Strategic place to take control of the whole Middle East. It is Centrally located, it has vast resources, and it has people to influence.