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Old 09-05-2002, 05:04 PM   #16
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do we exactly know what we're getting ourselves into?
That pretty much sums up my feelings about the subject.
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Old 09-05-2002, 05:50 PM   #17
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US has no business interferring in other countries politics, they are NOT the UN, though they sometimes act like they are. They are a part of the UN.
What?
If not the US then whom?
We have no business in other countries policies? The truth is we are the only ones with the balls to interviene and put a stop to terrorism, tyrants, dictators, genocide, etc.

The UN?
We are the UN buddy!
WHAT A FREAKING JOKE!

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There are dozens of rulers in africa at this moment who are just as corrupt or more than Suddam.
Really? Have they invaded Kuwait too?

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There have been hundreds all over the world in the 20th century who were just as bad or worse. Why did the US not ever interfer there?
Oh like who ?

If you ask Fizzing Whizzbees she will give you her list of how the evil interferring US got involved when we had no business, repeatedly.

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why did the US idly sit by as 800,000 tutsies were slaughtered in Rwanda - even the UN did nothing there? why did they not help during any of the other many genocides which occurred in africa?
Anyway, we did go to Rwanda. And in fact I was SUPPOSED to go when we suddenly went to Saudi instead.


But SO WHAT? Forget the US, what about YOU?

Why didn't YOU go to Rwanda? What about anyone else? Oh I forgot, there isn't anybody else. Just us, yet our inaction leads to your protests.

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Key: only interfer when there is gain. i.e. free up oil-lines

As someone who has risked my own life for the better part of the last decade, I take extreme offense to this accusation.

Tell me then; what should we do? Since we are the only ones in the world who stand up and take action (yes you guys follow our example from time to time as do others but you never initiate action on your own) we have so many battles (as you pointed out too) that we have to pick and choose.

ANd we always rebuild damaged nations yet if we somehow are percieved to profit then we are evil? Any idea how much money we have spent rebuilding? Or how many of our sons and daughters have perished?

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this may anger you but it is TOO often true.
I have nothing against americans, but politicians are almost never with blemish. Since the american government is always put so intensely under the spotlight people just pick on them more, but there are no blameless governments. The love of money and power corrupts too many.
Thats very nice, but rather than constantly bicker about America while hiding in the security of our back pocket why don't you do something about it yourself????

( I guess it is just safer in the shadows)
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Watch yourself with generalizing Americans. Not all of us are pro-war, and even those of us who are do not necessarily unilaterally support Bush and the war against Iraq. Bono's American Wife is right.
Am I correct in assuming from you and BAW's post that you are implying not all Americans are bad (just the ones that support war)?
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Are you talking about Pakistan or Saudi Arabia? Both could apply here.
You make a good point here. Pakistan is actually helping us as of recent, or at least their govt. was. HOwever, they need their ass kicked.

But we need to take the WAR to Saudi and Iran, where terror seems to originate
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Old 09-05-2002, 06:25 PM   #20
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I've already warned people about rampant anti-Americanism in this thread. Many, many people here are American and fed up.

I'm also going to warn people against strident pro-Americanism. People are allowed to think that the U.S. is wrong--even other Americans. Let's keep at as rational and intellectual as possible.
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Am I correct in assuming from you and BAW's post that you are implying not all Americans are bad (just the ones that support war)?
I'm saying that not all Americans are pro-war, and that anti-war Americans don't appreciate being stereotyped. I didn't make a good or bad statement either way.
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I am opposed to anyone toppling of Saddam Hussein without having a real idea what to do when that has happened:
- how will the people of Iraq react?
- how will the other countries in the area react?
- who should be put in power?
- what are we going to do to help Iraq economically?
Very good questions Salome, I think the case will be made in a few days though. I will take a stab based on my beliefs, opinions, and speculations only.

The people of Iraq will be in turmoil, as usual until they know they are free of the tyrant. I'm not talking about the armies of cheering impersonators we see on the propaganda pro-saddam video clips. I mean the folks he starves and oppresses and murders daily.

Other countries in the area are putting up a good "show" now (they are afraid to go on record of opposing him while he is still in power, tell me they don't know what he is capable of or may be hiding), they will be on our side once he is no longer there to threaten/invade them.

We already have people to put into place. They are democratically friendly, peace-loving individuals ready to take Iraq into the future.

As usual, we will have to make a huge committment to rebuilding Iraq, and ensuring they are able to eventually sustain themselves.

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if we just remove Sadam and leave there is no doubt in my mind that further hatred towards the West has been fuelled
- are we wiiling to risk that?
- can we prevent that?
This is where we have to be very sincere in our intention to restore democracy to Iraq

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in conclusion:
do we exactly know what we're getting ourselves into?
Actually Salome, the real question is do we know what we are getting ourselves into if we do nothing at all?

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what I've read/heard about this topic so far suggests that a real answer to that question isn't yet available
Again, the case will be made public on 9-12-02
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I've already warned people about rampant anti-Americanism in this thread. Many, many people here are American and fed up.

I'm also going to warn people against strident pro-Americanism. People are allowed to think that the U.S. is wrong--even other Americans. Let's keep at as rational and intellectual as possible.
Strident=desperation, in this case perhaps?

As a veteran of the USA I feel I have the right to voice pro-Americanism, yet rarely did until the "rampant anti-Americanism" you mention has put me too the point of "strident pro-Americanism."

First thank you for being the first moderator to actually admit that "rampant anti-Americanism" actually exists here. This alone is enough to make me park the plane back into the hangar I brought it out of earlier.

If we could all realize this and all work on it then perhaps this FYM may someday actually be a kinder freer place.

One in which I would support, in more ways than one



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Am I correct in assuming from you and BAW's post that you are implying not all Americans are bad (just the ones that support war)?
No, that's not what I was implying. Read the following quotes and you will see what I was responding to. I personally do not support war but I'm not going to call someone who does a bad person.


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for one, you americans sure cant let go of ANYTHING, like, what gives? its ancient history.

he has done nothing to the american people, yet you americans want to just attack iraq simply because you want to get your kicks like playing a virtual reality game

hmmm in many ways it feels like that stupid game in the playground 'simon says', only this time president bush- a man who in my view is someone that barely draws any inspiration from me, plays simon

if you americans want to carry out attacking the countries of world, do it by yourself, dont bring everyone else in, for one, america is just another country in the world, it is not the world itself
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No, that's not what I was implying. Read the following quotes and you will see what I was responding to. I personally do not support war but I'm not going to call someone who does a bad person.



Thanks, I just wanted clarification to the way it was worded thats all.

And I simply cannot read the quotes you wanted me too, they are so utterly offensive they may as well have been written by Saddam Hussein himself.
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Z edge , if to fight and bomb all Tyrany's in the world , it's about 25 + countries with full armory equipment and high tech , not a fucking chance . Not even for USA . i hope everything will be alright , i really do , but the world turns and we get dizzy , sometimes we slipping away......
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I don't think I implied that
and you're changing the subject

you talked like the US is considering it to get rid of a tyrant, when it seems to me this is obviously not the main objective. Otherwise they would be continually at war with the hosts of other tyrant rulers who are just as bad as Saddam
perhaps you should read my post again
I'm not trying to place the US government on any moral high ground here--in fact, I'm not trying to get into their heads at all. All I'm saying is that I think getting rid of Saddam Hussein would be a good thing, whatever the US government's motives are.
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Please don't label all Americans as blind followers of Bush who want to bomb Iraq. There are plenty of us who don't support an attack on Iraq and who aren't really comfortable being the "police of the world." America is a nation of many different viewpoints and we don't all automatically bow down to our leader and blindly accept the decisions he makes.

I love my country but at times its not easy being an American when people make these kind of assumptions. We are NOT all war happy tyrants who want to take over the world.
It might surprise you to know that just about all the editors of The New Republic (a well-known, liberal-leaning political publication that has skewered Bush on a billion different things in the last two years) favor an attack on Iraq.
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Z edge , if to fight and bomb all Tyrany's in the world , it's about 25 + countries with full armory equipment and high tech , not a fucking chance . Not even for USA . i hope everything will be alright , i really do , but the world turns and we get dizzy , sometimes we slipping away......
I have no idea what in the hell you are even talking about, lol
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Remind me again why the US shouldn't get rid of a corrupt tyrant who runs a police state, has liquidated his political enemies in the past, and builds extravagant palaces for himself while allowing his people to live without adequate food?
Some of the reasons have been already given:

1. To "get rid of a corrupt tyrant who runs a police state, has liquidated his political enemies in the past, and builds extravagant palaces for himself while allowing his people to live without adequate food" is obviously not the reason for which an attack on Iraq is proposed to be launched. Morals are certainly not an issue here. In fact Iraqi (or any other nation's) people's well-being is not (and hasn't been in the past) a priority or even a consideration taken into account by US administrations throughout history when direct and indirect interventions in countries throughout the world were ordered and executed. In fact the regimes helped into office or assisted during their administration were in most cases dictatorships or other puppet governments who acted in favour of US "national interest" in detriment of their own nations' welfare.

2. If Iraqi people are deemed to be in emergency due to Hussein's rule, it's the UN and NOT the US who has to intervene to remove him. No one has granted the US the prerogative to act as the "world's police" at its own discretion. Regarding this item it is the UN through its Security Council and not any individual country who is reponsible of maintaining international peace and security. To this end it is this organisation who's got internationally recognised authority to settle whether a member nation is actually under threat and determine what action is to be taken. This is clearly stated on the UN Charter. As the US is a UN member it implicitly must act under UN regulations. - Sorry Spyplane but the US is NOT the UN even if most of the time it looks as if it is.-

3. The US (or any other nation) has NO right whatsoever to intervene in foreign countries' internal politics when there's no specific and *proven* threat against the first. This point is especially relevant regarding the US (as it was with the USSR in the past - though they did not claim to defend freedom), since every single example of US interventionism resulted in the worsening of conditions for local populations since the exclusive object of the said interventions was to preserve US "national interest", something which in general is not in sync with local interest. Examples abound. Taleban assisted to power by the US back in 96, Latin American dictatorships, support of the Arab regime, etc. In none of the cases the fact that these regimes oppress/ed the people, ignore/d human rights, etc has ever been of any relevance at the time of helping them into office and assisting them during their rule while their presence was/is deemed useful to American interests. In addition, the US can't guarantee that the eventual "replacement" is going to be better than Hussein himself.

4. The paragraph Tizer has excerpted fom the Mo Mowlam article speaks for itself. This war may trigger other side wars which may be "beneficial" for the American armament industry in the near future but may have negative consequences in the long run such as the expansion of fundamentalist anti-West regimes, which will get massive popular support as the American aggresion will deepen local people's resentment towards our nations and lifestyle. This naturally will fuel the cycle of hatred which will result in the increase in the potential risk of Western countries being the targets of terrorist attacks.

5. The human cost of war. This war will cost not only Iraqi lives but also many American lives, sadly not wasted for the benefit of freedom but to satisfy the greed of a few who wish to concentrate even more power in their own hands.

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Don't necessarily agree with this, but think its an interesting viewpoint.
Thank you for posting the article anyway. It is really instructive and makes a lot of sense to me.
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