The United States of America is not the equivalent of Iraq under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.
What you are saying is this: since I have been a good boy in school, I get to take guns to school, and since Saddams Iraq has been a “bad boy” they have to be disarmed! Please! I mean Puhleeze! It’s the Guns that are the issue, not the people holding them!
Now lets see things from Iraq’s perspective for a moment. They are located in a region festering with WMD’s of all kinds. Israel is also known to have WMD’s of all flavours. In that situation how can you speak of selectively disarming one country while leaving the others fully armed?
Why should ONLY Iraq be made to disarm? Because it’s a Muslim country?
Saddam, on the other hand is a dictator. Opposition is killed. Minority groups are gassed. He has started 2 regional conflicts in My lifetime with Iran and Kuwait, WITHOUT approval of the UN; which the US has by the way.
Yes he is a dictator. But there are as of today atleast a dozen other dictators, who also hold WMD’s, and whose human rights records will make Saddam look like a saint! And guess who keeps these dictators in place?! $30bn of US taxpayers money and a dozen 777’s has gone to help just ONE such dictator keep his job and brutally throttle opposition within his country! But that’s alright, because he is a “Democratic Dictator” (!!!).
Frankly, The US administrations “Good Dictator, Bad Dictator” theories, used so liberally by such luminaries as Colin Powell are laughable at best!
Saddam also supports terrorists. He may not be directly tied with Al-Queida, but he does support such groups as Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad when they blow themselves up in Israel. Those groups are ruthless, illegal, and they dont like Israel, the USA or India at all, therefore if they want to be an enemy they are now an enemy and those that support them are enemies.
Guess who funded bin-Laden’s rise to infamy? Guess who supported Islamic terrorist groups fighting in Chechnya, Indonesia and Kashmir before these guys turned on their benefactors? Just how is it that insurgent groups fighting India in Kashmir and Russia in Chechnya managed to get US made Stinger missiles? The US was playing a dangerous game with Islamic Terrorism, thinking that they could use Terrorism to weaken potential rivals. In a sense, from the Reagan administration onwards, Terrorism became one of the instruments of American state policy, and that policy now backfired.
Its ok if the US govt funds terrorist groups. Its bad if the Saddam pays you guys back in the same coin? Why?
Our WMD and Israels are for defensive purposes only. Iraqs or North Korea are for first strike capability. In other words they'll use theirs before we use ours.
The US has refused India’s request for nuclear powers to sign a no-first use policy (which we follow nevertheless). Says a lot about their intentions!
Well, look at the situation....where are the swarms of Arabs dropping everything to rally to Bagdad and defend Saddam? Nowhere.
I am sure you wont see Arabs and other Muslims hitching a ride to Baghdad to defend it from “American crusaders”. I am sure they have learnt far better ways to take on the crusaders. They have learnt by now that it makes much more sense to take this war onto American soil. 9/11 proved that America isnt as invulnerable as previously thought. And therein lies the danger for now these people have tasted blood. Danger for America, and yes the rest of the democratic world as well. But “Nuke Them” mentality is hardly the solution to this.
In a sense the “War on Terror” would have been a golden opportunity to rally the Democratic World together and fight for values that we all believe in. instead we have the Bush Administration supping with “Democratic Dictators” and installing puppet regimes in areas of interest. And unfortunately you have some brainwashed American members come on forums like these and advocating exactly this kind of adventurism. Members like N79969 and Alpha1 are undoubtedly in a minority in the US (which I hear is a good thing these days!! ) and its unfortunate that this minority is draggin the rest of their people into a needless war. So I think its time that the “silent Majority” in the US should raise its voice.
If any of you are interested, Condoleeza Rice wrote an interesting op-ed today about Iraq and their lies:
Condi Baby? Ahem! Now that’s a neutral source!
Maybe its just a coincidence. But how many of you guys noticed how the different officials making up the War-Bush’s govt. virtually fanned out to all TV channels (atleast I saw them on all American channels available to us in India! And its not just FOX!). Just look at the far right nonsense of the some of the members on this forum! Unfortunately, this propaganda seems to be taking effect! Herr Goebbels would have been proud of Bush’s propaganda machinery.
I think there is a big difference between "Joe" and his cousin "Abdul" sixpack. Abdul has probably entertained the thought of sneaking onto an overcrowded ship to Austrailia, Europe, or even the US for the chance at taking a stab at asylum. Iraqis have been fleeing their country for years and many are interned in refugee camps in eastern Europe as they make their way west. Although Iraqis may love their country, I don't see them putting up anything near the fight that Americans would defending their country. During the Gulf War, Iraq's fighting men surrendered in droves.
Some more racist crap from a closet Nazi. N79969: you have been tuning into “GOP Live” for too long I think!
Ofcourse! Nobody understands patriotism like an American! What does the rest of the world know about Patriotism anyway! Only an American can think of laying down his life for his country. The rest of the world consists of cowards! Yeah Sure! Being anti-War or even suggesting that War is not the best solution makes you a coward.
Frankly, I don’t think that N79969, Alpha1 and other members with such far-right, racist views represent the mainstream of American public opinion. Heck, lets just wait till the body bags start coming off the ships. And then we will know what the “man-on-the-street” American REALLY thinks about this war and the policies of War Bush.