QUOTE(Three Storms @ Jul 5 2007, 11:38 AM)
Bush didn't want the oil. He wanted to put an end to a dictator that's been in power for too long and has put over 300,000 people in mass graves.
Of course, there will be those that will scoff at the notion of our concern for these 300,000 people, and (as you stated) claim it's none of our business or that we're NOT the "world police" and to an extent, I'd agree with that. I'm not going to pretend to be some major tender heart, all concerned about what some 3rd world dictator is doing in HIS country, to HIS citizens, in the name of THEIR religion. What caused MY concern, was the fact that so much of it was being blamed on the United States.
All the years of imposing sanctions against them (against Hussein) only put more hurtin' on the people of Iraq, and not so much the Dictator and his legions there. Equally frustrating to the effort, was the fact that we had countries like France, Russia and even the UN, undermining the efforts to get Hussein to knock off his BS, by trading with him against the UN ordered sanctions. Hussein suffered NADA!! Only the people over there did, and as they were slaughtered left and right, for going against Hussein, more and more minds were being turned against the U.S. for it. They're suffering was being directly or indirectly blamed on the U.S.
Seems like a breeding ground for terrorist and anti-American sentiments, that ultimately leads to years of plotting out attacks like Sept. 11th. No, I'm not saying Hussein in Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, as that group (al-qaeda and Bin Laden) were already hard into the anti-American sentiments, and much for the same reasons as I cited above.
I don't look at this as a "war for oil", but more of a war of changing perceptions that are AGAINST us. What if Sept. 11th is merely the tip of the iceberg? The FIRST majorly successful attack against us of MANY more to come, unless we do some damage control to our image in the Middle East? Diplomacy lines were severed long ago, and we've sorta buried our heads in the sand over the whole mess and attempted to turn the other cheek.
A mass effort from around the world would have helped immensely, and we thought with the UN we were getting it, but our actions in Iraq have proven otherwise, and yeah, sure, it's caused a riff with the U.S. and these foreign backstabbers, and now it's the charge from the LEFT, that Bush has made a mess of our relationships with these countries.
That "relationship" was benefiting us, exactly...HOW? Some friends they are huh? We apparently, should have left things alone, and went on with pretending we were all chums...is that it? Now we've made known we're ONTO them, and the chirade's over, and that makes the situation worse? So basically...instead of screwing us behind our backs, they can do it nOW, full front in our faces, the only difference is the warm and fuzzy sensation of getting alone (for pretend) is gone?
I look at it, like a Father and Husband, who has a neighbor fella who doesn't particularly like him very much, in fact, he HATES him with a passion, and blames him for all his shortcomings and troubles in the world. No matter how much he tries to avoid this bitter neighbor, the neighbor just wants to make life HELL for him, because he thinks HIS life is hell.
The wife (of this angry guy) sorta wants there to be peace, but she gets beat on and severely punished for such notions, and the angry guys children are growing up listening to all the BS from their Father about this guy and his family, and now, are taking it out on his children at school. The kids come home everyday in tears because of the torment they're getting from these kids, who think ill of them, only because of what their fathers been telling them, about them.
The (good) Father isn't going to be around forever, and out of concern for the well being of his children, his family and even his reputation around the neighborhood (as the lies go on and on) that's being tarnished by being in the middle of such an annoying soap opera with this guy, he decides to try and change all this. Diplomacy doesn't work with the guy, the police are friends with nutjob and hangout together, and the attempt to approach the children themselves, has caused a big stink as being TOO DIRECT and not something the Father should be undertaking himself, after all...they're just innocent victims of their fathers anger and hostility towards him and his family, it's not their fault, but the hostilities go on and get worse over time, against his children.
Here in America....we can't exactly MOVE! So then what? Hope they pick on somebody else, closer to home...say ISREAL? OH..WAIT! They already are, and they just happen to be friends of ours also.
What a fricken mess!!!
Hate bush and conservatives all you want. It's your right and I really couldn't care less. At least do it for clear and valid reasons instead of the reasons the mobs chanted to you like "no war for oil."
Amen to that!