Point by point:
1. Pull our troops out of Iraq within 30 days and let the UN take over, and see what happens.
The United States is an overbearing superpower. We have the power, technology and resources to control 80% of the rest of the world. By initiating a
UN takeover of the Iraqi occupation, we enabled the remainder of the world (the 20% who we wish to takeover, control or influence -- but can't) to
see us as weak, disabled, downtrodden or simply pansy. Bush won't have this, and America certainly won't have the repurcussions no matter how much
we'll think it's the best thing to do. Question: If occupying Iraq shows the remainder of the world that we have devotion to 'cause', the
stamina and willpower to stick it out -- and by showing all of these things we flex our international muscle and keep people like Kim Il and Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei that we mean business, don't you think that is worth occupying a country and taking the repurcussions of that? Our ability to stay in
Iraq determines our future standing with the rest of the countries we 'really' should worry about.
Think about it like this: a block of neighbors exists, and within that block of neighbors on a typical street you have two or three up-and-coming
bullies. So, to avoid having those bullies team up, agress against you -- action necessary becomes the inevitable takeover of a weaker members house
in the same street, on the same block. It sends several messages to the up-and-coming bullies:
-> Don't F*** with me, look at what I'm doing over here, wanna tango?
-> I hate bullies, because I took care of this lesser bully
-> I have the strenth and power to engage whom I want, when I want
This is a very complicated world, but if you simplify things to analogies then you can begin to understand how some of it works. We're all human,
and this is simply human behavior.
2. Stop our preferential treatment of Israel, and stop all aid to Israel, and support Palestinian complaints in the UN and the World Court, and see
what happens there.
See point my response to your point #1. We have to take sides. Our side is *not* with the Arabs or middle eastern cultures. It's just that simple.
3. Pull our "provocative" troops and forces out of the Korean peninsula, and renounce our support of South Korea, and see what Kim Jong Il does.
DEFINED (mine): Provocative: to provocate, or instigate, or start because you acted first.
That doesn't quite align with why we're doing it. To make this response to #3 short, we won't pull our troops out of S. Korea because it weakens
our stance with #1.
Really, reviewing all of the salient points above, it really comes down to this:
WE ARE THE NEW ROME! We will (and can, and should) act like Romans.
However, this doesn't speak to our downfall, nor our ability to be trumped. In the end, world politics are a larger part of this world than a single