posted on Apr, 7 2003 @ 08:34 AM
but not necessarily just a monetary one.
1. As was mentioned, the installation of a democracy in the Middle East, will help to offset some of the overall radicalism of the area. (One might
argue well, that it will incite the radicals even further, but...with the influence there, it's hoped it can be curbed)
2. We aren't going to "grab" the oil. Rather, we'll be installing a government that is friendly to the US (thereby ensuring that Iraq's UN
reserves go back to the dollar vs, the euro), and we'll likely be able to get a good price on oil we buy from the new government.
3. Contracting from US firms to rebuild (paid for by the rebuilding fund) will help boost the US economy as well.
4. We're getting rid of a high-financer of terrorism, as well as eliminating one more "safe haven" for them.
5. We're getting a friendly staging area to take action against other states that harbor and support terrorists. In fact, it's a staging area right
smack between two of the biggest offenders of such (Syria and Iran).
6. We're also getting the message across that we will not stand for attacks made on our soil. Those that do, those that harbor them, and even those
that support them, had better rethink it. Our days of standing idly by and chatting with those who smile at you while plotting your demise, are
7. We're also taking one more dictator out of power. This is a man who is a threat to his own people, as well as being a threat to his
neighbors...who can't even manage to live up to his own agreements and terms of surrender, defying the UN for over a decade.
Now, many of those who are anti-war believe these benefits do not outweigh the risks of this war. As an American, I disagree, and I think these
benefits are worth the risk.