This will be my last post on this subject. There appear to be a number of misconceptions and misinformation that I will address and then, obviously, there are those who don't see the hazards in war that I see. First, Saddam Hussein is a beast, a truly evil person. But THAT IS NOT NEWS. He was a beast when he received military support from the U.S. while he was at war with Iran. Further, there are other "beastly" governments around the world that don't like the United States and are dangerous. The Bush Administration, before 9/11/0l labeled Sudan a "terrorist" nation. The Khartom government trained terrorists, supplied money and arms to the
Al Quida and Taliban and used U.S. oil money to buy military equipment to slaughter 2 million Christians in southern Sudan. No hint of attacking Sudan...or Yemen, or Pakistan, or Iran.
Saddam Hussein has, indeed, resisted full inspections which he had agreed to following Desert Storm. But then Korea has failed to permit inspections required by U.N. and U.S. agreements, has flaunted the fact that it has nuclear weapons, has successfully tested intermediate-range missiles, and is constantly threatening South Korea and holding mass rallies to denounce the United States while its leader, Kim Jong II brutalizes and starves his own people.
No hint of invading Korea. Inspectors are ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ AND APPARENTLY RECEIVING REASONABLY GOOD COOPERATION! If nothing else, its pretty difficult for a nation to mount any kind of offensive against its neighbors or anybody else while inspectors are moving unhindered throughout the country. We may also be imposing a standard for inspections on Iraq that neither Iraq or any other nation could meet -- including the United States. We can't account for all the anthrax and other chemical and biological weapons we've produced in the last fifty years and fully 25% of all defense spending in this country CANNOT BE ACCOUNTED FOR! That comes from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Is is reasonable for us to demand that a country not nearly as advanced as we meet a standard for accountability that we cannot meet? Then there is the whole matter of
consequences. A war with Iraq isn't going to make relationships with Muslin countries any better. If he is alive, Osama bin Laden is undoubtedly praying that the U.S. will invade Iraq. The specter of tens of thousands of dead
Iraqis will provide fuel for inflaming hatred toward the U.S. in the muslim world for decades.
How do you suppose we will fare in an occupation of Iraq for what experts tell us will be at least
a decade? Iraq, even with Hussein, is less a nation than a battleground for various (at least
five major) ethnic groups who continually compete for power. Do we really want to be in the middle of that as well as battling the hatred of the muslim world? We promised to rebuild Afgahanistan and expected it to stablize after the Taliban were defeated. Read a newspaper lately about how all that is going. We're still engaged in constant skirmishes and the government is still
very shaky and re-building is going very slowly because our own resources are stretched thin. And, of course, there is the wild card of Israel and the Palestinians. The Sharon government has just won re-election and the killing has resumed with increased intensity. Israel wants us to invade Iraq; Sharon strongly supports that idea. Indeed, a U.S. attack on Iraq is seen as strengthening Israel's hand in forcing its will on the Palestinians on Israel's terms. From another perspective, a U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq will suggest a U.S./Israeli military hegemony in the reqion. How do you suppose that will be seen by the overwhelming Muslim population in that part of the world? There are moderate voices in Israel who are suggesting that a settlement in Israel has been set back by the re-election of the Sharon government and would be virtually impossible if the U.S. attacks and occupies Iraq.
Finally, the really big question: WHY? Does Iraq pose an imminent threat to us or to his neighbors?
Answer: No. For all of his bluster Saddam Hussein is a paper tiger who hasn't seriously threatened anyone for twelve years. His neighbors in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc. haven't been
threatened or asked for our help and protection from him. He has no capability for a strike against us. There is no credible evidence that he had anything to do with 9/ll/0l. The terrorist known as the "Jackal" was found murdered in Iraq