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Old 03-21-2004, 12:53 PM   #1
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A toast on the anniversary of the liberation of Iraq

[Q]LAST March, Iraqis were suffering under the thumb of one of the most brutal dictatorships of the last hundred years - a regime that industrialized brutality, tortured children to coerce their parents and raped women to punish their relatives. A U.S. Army commander in Iraq told me last July about the excavation of one mass grave where they discovered remains of 80 women and children - with little dresses and toys.

Today, Iraq's era of systematic savagery is over. Thanks to the dedication and courage of American and Coalition military and civilians, the support of the U.S. Congress and the American people, life in Iraq is improving steadily:

* Electricity reached pre-war levels last October, and is on track to reach 150 percent of pre-war levels, despite an infrastructure devastated by Saddam.

* Oil production has reached 2.5 million barrels per day, well ahead of projections.

* Funding for public health care is up 26 times the level under Saddam.

* All 22 universities, 43 technical institutes and colleges opened on time last fall.

* Some 72 million new textbooks will go to primary and secondary schools by the end of this school year, so children will no longer learn arithmetic from books that say "2 Saddams plus 2 Saddams equals 4 Saddams."


ONE of the most important developments is the increasing role played by Iraqis in providing for the security of their country. Since Baghdad was liberated, Iraqi security forces went from almost none to the 200,000 who currently serve in various security roles.

Today, Iraqis who are fighting and dying for the "New Iraq" are numerically the largest member of the Coalition. While they are not as well-trained or equipped as American forces, they have many advantages because they know the country and the language. They're the "home team" and enjoy tremendous popular support - to the terrorists' frustration.

It is altogether appropriate that Iraqis should fight to defend their country, and it is heartening that they continue to volunteer in large numbers despite the enemy's attempts to frighten them.

A few weeks ago, after an attack on a police station in Fallujah, when the U.S. offered Iraqi Civil Defense Corpsmen help in subduing the attackers, they said, no thanks - we want to do this job ourselves so people will know we can.

Ali, the Iraqi blogger, put such attacks into a larger perspective: "Some people still wonder what would be the relation between the liberation of Iraq and [the] war on terrorism. I think that the fact that nearly all the terrorists are gathered on our land to fight so fiercely should be more than enough explanation." He added: "We are . . . showing [other Arabs] what they can achieve once they are free . . . I see these evil powers show their true and ugly face and play their last card - surer than ever that we are winning." [/Q]

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Here is to the men and women from around the world who have risked their lives to help Iraq.

Here is to the world leaders who showed the courage to do the right thing.
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God Bless all the men and women who are working and fighting to make Iraq a better place for its people and source of democracy and stability in the middle east!

To add to the statistics, Iraqi GDP has already increased by 33% since last year!
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* Oil production has reached 2.5 million barrels per day, well ahead of projections.
Should anyone be surprised?

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Here is to the men and women from around the world who have risked their lives to help Iraq.



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Here is to the world leaders who showed the courage to do the right thing.

sorry

strongly disagree



Saddam is one

-on a list of many that should be held accountable and brought to justice.


there are other Dictators, murderers, and torturers that are over looked.


no precedent has been set for dealing with them.


the world is no safer, perhaps less


the precedent is that if a U S President misrepresents/ misleads/ uses pressure on other countries he may effect a regime change to suit his agenda.
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sorry

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Saddam is one

-on a list of many that should be held accountable and brought to justice.


there are other Dictators, murderers, and torturers that are over looked.


no precedent has been set for dealing with them.


the world is no safer, perhaps less


the precedent is that if a U S President misrepresents/ misleads/ uses pressure on other countries he may effect a regime change to suit his agenda.
How many other dictators, attacked and invaded 4 different countries in the past 20 years? How many other dictators murdered 1.7 million people? How many other dictators threatened the planets energy supply and the total global economy that depends on it? How many other dictators used WMD as much as Saddam? How many other dictators violated 17 different UN resolutions? How many other dictators amassed as much conventional military and non-conventional military power as Saddam did?

Its rather obvious the world is much safer without Saddam.
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...a year later and still no weapons of mass distruction found.
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...a year later and still no weapons of mass distruction found.
And if that were THE only reason for the war it would be a major issue with me.

The administration has unfortunately allowed this to be the topic before, during, and after the war.


I would really appreciate it if this were a topic for another thread. Maybe the other thread about the One Year Later.....
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Here's hoping Saddam ends up in Guantanamo and is treated with the same respect many others are in there.

But then again, he married his cousin so maybe he is just a poor Springer candidate.

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Kerry -- Soft on Defense - refuted by reputable Senators






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March 22, 2004

WASHINGTON Sen. Charles Hagel of Nebraska on Sunday became the second Republican senator to break ranks with the Bush-Cheney campaign's characterization of John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee, as soft on defense issues.

Hagel joined fellow Vietnam veteran Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in criticizing ads sponsored by the Bush campaign that call Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts who also is a Vietnam veteran, "weak on defense."

"The facts just don't measure [up to]the rhetoric," Hagel said on ABC's "This Week."

One ad includes video footage of Kerry in West Virginia last week, responding to a charge that he had failed to support U.S. troops in Iraq by opposing the $87-billion military funding bill last fall. "I actually did vote for the $87 billion, before I voted against it," he said a phrase the Bush campaign seized upon as showing the Massachusetts senator flip-flopping on issues.

"You can take a guy like John Kerry, who's been in the Senate for 19 years, and go through that voting record," Hagel said. "You can take it with any of us, and pick out different votes, and then try to manufacture something around that."

Kerry's staff said he was trying to indicate his support for an amendment funding the appropriation from increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans. When that amendment failed, he voted against the bill.

Discussing the Bush campaign charges, McCain told the "Today" show on Thursday, "I do not believe that he is, quote, weak on defense. He's responsible for his voting record, as we are all responsible for our records, and he'll have to explain it. But, no, I do not believe that he is necessarily weak on defense."

That show of support added to earlier speculation that McCain might bolt the GOP to join the Democratic ticket an idea he emphatically shot down Sunday by saying: "I will not leave the Republican Party end of story."

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," McCain was joined by Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) in decrying what Lieberman called the "tit-for-tat partisan attack" coming from each campaign last week. In sharp comments from both sides Thursday, Vice President Dick Cheney questioned Kerry's fitness to serve as commander in chief, while Kerry accused President Bush of overextending U.S. troops overseas and alienating U.S. allies.

"If it stays with this tone and it is the tone of the campaigns as much as it is specific words [if] the tone doesn't change, you're going to see low voter turnout, particularly amongst young Americans, and that's not healthy," said McCain, a primary challenger in 2000.

"Let's keep it civil, so we don't get so nasty that we discourage people from coming out and voting in a very important election," said Lieberman, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination this year. "Don't say that the opposition is evil. They may be wrong, but they're not evil."
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