posted on Mar, 10 2003 @ 08:45 AM
I am generally anti-Bush and anti-war but the more I read about this issue from an ideological point of view the more I grow in favor of swift
- Bush claims that this is part of the war on terror. It isn't, at least not withe the proof provided so far.
- Sept. 11, changed America, you could could argue for the good or the bad, but it did change us. We had been so geographically isolated for so long
that when we got attacked we collectively said "OH SH#*, we've ignored alot for too long. Let's try to fix it."
- For Bush, I think Sept 11 has made him more liberal, in the philosophical sense. Especially if you look at the other reaon Bush has given as to why
we are going to go to war on Saddam.. this I think is THE MOST IMPORTANT reason... he says he wants democracy in Iraq, to use it as a pivot point to
try to create a democratic Middle East. Sept 11 forced Bush to relinquish is semi-isolationist leanings and made him realize that if the whole of the
planet is not safe for democracy then none of the planet is safe for democracy. He has become a Wilsonian liberal (remember the 14 points of
- Iraq used to boast the highest rates of education among both men AND women in the Middle East. They still have pretty good education there. If
democracy can get a foothold in the region and it works (this is the main sticking point... it HAS to work) then moderate arab countries such as Qatar
will go in that direction.
I consider myself a liberal, but I am not afraid to use the strength that we have to create a better planet. The old worn out liberal arguement
against the war is that any use of force that allows us a gain is wrong. That's why liberal doves were fine with the U.S. bombing Milosevic in
Bosnia and Kosovo because there was nothing for us to "gain" (I argue that we gained alot, by stopping the slaughter of innocents). But is we go
into Iraq they yell "No blood for Oil", gimmie a break... will we gain monetarily? Maybe. Will this war cost us American lives, money sweat and
tears? YES. COuld we maybe, just maybe give the Iraqi people a better form of government, where they can heard without being killed for disagreeing,
where they can make decisions as a group instead of being dictated too? We hope. Is it worth a try? I think... yes.
a liberal hawk