Originally posted by GD
A short peice about a Soldier who sent an email. Whoot, can I get one too? Ive sent loads of email! Good reporting my ass.
Someones blog - great facts.
A 'scientific' study into how there were more negative stories ran than positive ones since the 'end of the war' speech. Well, hell, maybe thats
just because more negative things happened, ever seen the evening news lately? Try counting the ratio when you next do, you will more than likely,
over the same period of time, get exactly the same ratio for good:bad.
A piece on Tony Blairs opinions. I have opinions also, mainly about Blair being a lapdog with a bowtie in his hair, running after Bush.
freerepublic.com has been shown to be as biased as some of the people on this board before.
Lets see about the points that they make in that post:
"Hundreds of thousands of children who had not received proper medical care now have up-to-date immunizations and other medical care." - it may
suprise you, but regardless of how bad the 'Oil for Aid' was being abused, the sanctions hit exactly these children. The sanctions forbid the
purchase of the amounts of medication that would have been required for the 'proper medical care' that the US/UK are now offering, and remember that
those sanctions were artificial, presanction Iraq had a medical system on par with Kuwait.
"School attendance, by some estimates, is up 80% from levels before the war. Among those being educated are young girls who previously may not have
received proper education." - the key words here are 'by some estimates', Baghdad and the other major cities already had mixed and female only
schools. There are still worse off countries than pre invasion Iraq, by far.
"Despite much publicity early in the war that power plants had been bombed or sabotaged, what hasn’t received wide publicity is that today Iraq now
has more electrical power than it did before the war." - Yes, you know why? Because the UN sanctions forbid purchase of enough technology to replace
the generating units destroyed during the 1991 conflict, and other bombing campaigns during the 1990s.
"Hundreds of thousands of people have telephones for the first time ever." - What use is telephones when you really want food and medical
"Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years." - Hmm propaganda, cool.
Basically, most of the current plus points of the invasion of Iraq are the result of the UN lifting sanctions and the country finally having the tools
and trained people to carry out repairs.
There is a bunch of good news out there. Most of you just want to feed into the media frenzy without examining the facts.
And some of you just want to feed into the propaganda without examining the facts. Why is it that every discussion on this board seems to degenerate
into an Iraq Invasion discussion? Grow up people, there is more than a single opinion on the matter.
Iraq sure is better off now, with Saddam behind bars and an Interim government in power (i refuse to call it democratic, because it isnt). I dont
dispute that, and NEITHER DO PEOPLE IN FRANCE OR GERMANY. But, guys, the reason the invasion is disputed is that pretty much all of the evidence that
the US and the UK took to the UN security council was in doubt, it wasnt convincing and the rest of the security council said so.
Theres this thing in the US called 'due process', and even the most hardened criminal is allowed it. Its enshrined in your constitution and bill of
rights, and it basically says this: 'Mob rule in the US is not allowed - everyone is entitled to a fair trial'. No matter if you are a drug dealer
or what, you get the same treatment.
What the US and the UK did was akin to a police officer asking a court for a warrant of search, getting turned down but going ahead with the raid
anyway. Oh well, he didnt really find anything, but thats OK because he knew that this person is a bad person and the neighbourhood is a better place
Iraq is a better place, but the way it was done does not fit in with the heritage or the great history of the US or the UK.