reply to post by Ismail
Do you really believe the average U.S. soldier, and I am talking the guy on the ground doing the job, went to Iraq to force Iraq to use the dollar for
the sale of oil? If you do, then you must think that the people of the U.S. are very bad people. The reality is that the average U.S. soldier
doesn't think about what currency is being used in the trade of oil.
Maybe you consider it to be unrealistic to see Americans as people who want to do good things in this world, but I think that is exactly how a vast
majority of Americans think. Being that we lead the world in charity donations, seems pretty logical.
The job of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is to stablize the country and stop the violence so that a representative government can be established. What the
upper muckity mucks on the food chain have in mind might be as bad as you think, but that is not the way the average U.S. soldier putting his life on
the line in Iraq thinks.
By the way, it is Iraqi terrorists who have killed most of the Iraqis who have been killed. Religious extremists, who must hate the U.S. for doing
what they wished they could have done long ago (get rid of Saddam Hussain), are now busy killing anyone and everyone who dares to desire peace and are
willing to cooperate with U.S. soldiers in order to achieve that peace. I think maybe you should re-consider who you think the bad guys are.
The people of the U.S. have spent far more money building a representative government in Iraq than they can ever expect to get back from Iraq, or get
out of Iraqi oil reserves which are controlled by the Iraqi government. You don't hear the people of the U.S. clamoring for Iraq to pay back the
U.S. for getting rid of Saddam do you? The people of the U.S. have not robbed the people of Iraq stupid and left them to die, they have stayed and
helped them to re-build their country at tremendous expense in time, money, and lives.
Sounds to me like someone pulled the wool over your eyes and sold you a bill of goods.
Most of our customs have pagan origins, what is wrong with that? They offend your religious beliefs? I think the expression, "when in Rome, do as
the Romans do" is a pretty good rule to follow. All the other kids get birthday presents and Chrismas presents, why treat your children differently?
Giving your kids Christmas and Birthday gifts does not mean that you are spoiling them. Makes no sense to me, unless viewed from a religious beliefs