Gosh Dave, I left junior high school a long time ago. Sorry you are still stuck there.Originally posted by Dave:
[QB]Bobbie (I had to address you that way for Nellie):QB]
I am not exactly in favor of the United States going to war every time someone kicks sand in our collective faces or worse. But there are times when bullies must be dealt with. Saddam Hussein is a ruthless bully who has proven himself to be a threat in any direction he chooses to turn.
I've heard people claim that the whole Iraq issues is about oil. If it weren't, they argue, why don't we pursue a war with North Korea as well?
Well, for one thing, North Korea has not waged aggression against its neighbors or anyone else in half a century. It's an isolationist regime that likes to saber rattle once in awhile but not much more.
On the other hand, Saddam has been the most belligerent aggressor--both within his own country and against his neighbors-- since Adolf Hitler. Look at his record.
He waged a war against Iran.
He invaded Kuwait.
He has admitted using chemical weapons against both Iran and the Kurdish people in his own nation.
He is actively trying to wipe out all the Kurds in Iraq.
He is reportedly making payouts to the families of suicide bombers in Israel.
And, according to our government, he has financially supported and provided training bases for al-Qaida.
Those things alone are enough for me to say to the Bush Administration, "Go get him."
And to those who say that we should rely on the UN and give inspectors the additional time that they have requested to seek out more evidence of Iraq's weapons violations, I say look at what the inspectors have already said. Hussein has not provided the documentation that was demanded, and there are all sorts of weapons unaccounted for. And look at how long the debate took before the inspectors were even sent to Iraq. Saddam had months to hide most of the evidence.
The fact is, no other tyrant in half a century has made such an aggressive effort to develop or obtain weapons of mass destruction, and demonstrated such an unabashed willingness to use them. Regardless of what the French and Germans say, the present Iraqi administration is a threat to peace and security worldwide. Does it take the destruction of the Eiffel Tower or a chemical bomb in Berlin to prove that?
I would suggest that Europe--and the French in particular--has a very short memory. It has always troubled me that the United States has hauled France's backside from the flame twice and still the French are arrogant and rude to us, even when a war is not the question. It makes me want to say, next time, let them burn. They twice waited until their own borders were breached before they determined that there was a world threat. Now their attitude is the same.
Well, I for one don't want to wait until we have more 9-11 events within our borders before we act. Saddam has repeatedly demonstrated that there is no action beneath him, no action too horrible and inhumane for him to consider. He needs to be removed from power with whatever force is necessary to render him non-threatening to anyone in the world.
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