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Originally posted by Jesse Torgerson
The above quote was present in a story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on March 3rd, 2004. Politically speaking, I tend to be on the liberal/neutral side of the chart. However, this quote definitely sparked an emotional reaction within myself. In a war that should have, for all practical purposes, never happened, the world community continues to ask for more from the planet's self-appointed "Peacekeeper."
I have to differ on this point. NO ONE asked us for the invasion of Iraq - other than our allies Israel and Britain.
Regardless of the WMD issue, the US did in-fact rid the middle-east of the worst tyrant since Hitler.
Saddam was sadistic, that's true. But he was nowhere near Hitler's league. And besides, Saddam hasn't been a threat to anyone since his forces were ejected from Kuwait. That was a government induced illusion to spread fear through the heart of America.
We all know the "alterior motives" that President Bush had for invading Iraq, but to blame the States for these bombings is absolutely unfounded and ridiculous.
Again, I differ. The first question you must always ask is who stands to gain? My feeling, personally, is covert U.S. (or allied ops) could very well have been behind this atrocity. It's what they do. FOMENT. It's serves a purpose. The disarray gives the U.S. more power in the long-run. 'Please stay and protect us' The notion that Al Qaeda is behind this is simply preposterous, unless you understand who is truly behind Al Qaeda (CIA, ISI)
Countries are become co-dependant on the US to be the protector. First the Iraqis do not want our help, then they celebrate their freedom in the streets when Saddam Hussein was ousted. Now, they pass blame on us because they cannot manage to form a democracy on their own.
That's not true. go back and look at the history of Mesopotamia. They are quite capable of taking care of themselves. The problem is once again, there are outsiders meddling in their affairs and telling them what to do and how to do it. In Iraq, that has NEVER worked. But then again, most westerners today don't have a clue when it comes to the history of the middle east.
The US must stop playing "babysitter" for other countries who do not have the stability and integrity to become independant and safe.
No people, western, eastern, or otherwise would be in any better shape after what the Iraqis have had to endure. It's important to understand that.
We continually hear of all the civilian Iraqi casualties during this war - but do we ever hear of the Iraqi people thanking us for the losses we consumed for their quote un-quote "freedom?"
I was in the Gulf War and ya know what, I know there are many Iraqis who are glad we took Saddam out. But at this point, I don't how they could or would be remotely grateful to us for what we've done this past year. Their lives are much worse off now than they were under Saddam. We didn't invade Iraq for them and they know it. BushCo did it for the oil and to switch the Euro back. Know this about Iraq: they are a very proud and educated people despite their troubles. They owe us nothing. And we owe them an infrastructure (that we destroyed) and safety (that we took away from them.) But that's just my opinion, based on my experience over there with them and history.
Originally posted by Eireann
oops ! - I just misread the title of this thread.
But since I'm here, I may as well give my own opinion.
Personally, I agree with East Coast Kid as to what is going on in the Middle East. I see the whole debacle as being designed purely to increase the power of the US/UK and allow them to have more access to the oilfields. I think they are manipulating these wars in order to bring about their One World Government.