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323. Re: Illegal WMD Apr 8, 2003, 14:32 JM
Why Iraq...
We already know the why. It's been said over and over and over again. You've chosen not to listen.

...why now?
Because of the events of 9/11 and because we have a republican in the White House who has the guts to make the tough decisions and act on them.

Saddam hasn't been a threat to anybody in 12 years.
Your opinion and you're welcome to it.

Why aren't we focused on Bin Laden, someone who supposedly orchestrated 9/11, instead of Saddam? Isn't Bin Laden supposed to be a bigger threat to our way of life than Saddam is?
In case you don't follow the news, we are still in Afghanastan. We've never abandoned our efforts in ridding the world of Bin Laden and his terrorist networks. It just so happens that we have the muscle to fight multiple battles. So that's what we're doing.

The reason why we didn't do anything is because we had a democratic President in office! U.N. had monitors in Rwanda at the time, but they didn't do anything or report anything until blood and body parts started floating down the river. Is any of this getting into you thick skull?
BS. You can't blame everything on Clinton.

Everything? We're talking about one specific instance here and you've said nothing to counter it.

You say the U.N is useless yet you want Iraq to obey them?!? If they are useless and we are free to disobey them by invading Iraq, why do you expect Iraq to obey them?
We've acted against the will of the U.N. after they had proven themselves useless. We we're counting on the U.N. to stand firm with regards to Iraq, which they failed to do. The U.S. is reacting to the situation caused by the U.N.'s ineffectiveness.

>Yes, there is, the Iraq people will be the winners.
I doubt that.

Care to elaborate? I've been seeing plenty of video of Iraqis cheering and welcoming our troops with open arms. They sure act like people who view themselves on the "winning" side. Yes, there have been civilian casualties, but certainly not as many that would result from the continued reign of a murdering dictator.

But I do know that the U.S. citizens will be the losers...we are already. We've had several of our civil liberties taken away from us since 9/11 and it's only going to get worse if Patriot II gets know the same freedoms that we're supposed to be bringing to the Iraqi people. Congress just OKed a $80 billion deal for the war, yet we have many problems here in America that could have used that money.
And how do we focus upon problems at home if we must constantly look over our shoulders for threats coming from abroad? Should we ignore all foreign threats until the enemy is knocking at our front door? If it's all about cost we should learn to recognize those threats and deal with them sooner rather than later. All you have to do is look at the cost of 9/11 to realize that a proactive approach would have cost much less in terms of lives lost and dollars spent.

You want the US to be the world police and solve everybody's problems? Fine, but fix things here first. I care more about the U.S. and it's citizens than I do Iraq and the Iraqi citizens.
So do I. That's why I support any effort that helps rid the world of recognized threats to our way of life.

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