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Old 02-14-2003, 05:43 PM   #1
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According to a poll recently on Channel 4 in the UK the majority of people said that the biggest threat to world peace was not Iraq or Al Quada but the USA.. This is from people in a country who`s goverment are supporting the possible US invasion of Iraq with troops and equipment. Anti Americanism is growing by the day, millions of people will march in all the major cities of the world tomorrow against a war on Iraq. The US could conquer every country in the world but would still have to deal with terrorism. If there is solid proof that the Iraq goverment had anything to do with 9.11 or was harbouring terrorists where is it? A lot of Colin Powells speach the other day has been discredited, even by Hans Blix the chief weapons inspector.

Iraq has very weak defences, The US and UK badly weakened Iraqs army during the Gulf war and have been doing so sparodically ever since, We will be fighting a country that cannot really defend itself, Its like a School Bully picking on the weak. When was the last time Saddam Hussain said he will can and will Nuke America if provoked as North Korea did this week, yet where are the troops massing on the Korean Border even though Bush said it was part of his "Axis of Evil"

What I do not understand is why after all that happened on 9.11 the US and UK want to attack Iraq when they should be concentrating on flushing out these terrorists cells. I find it ironic that we in Britain are sending troops to fight Iraq when at the same time thousands of immigrants are pouring through the channel tunnel, Who are these people? why are most of them young males with no family, This country could be harbouring hundreds of terrorists and we would not know until its too late.

I fear war agaist Iraq is inevitable, Bush is so determined to go to war that nothing will stop him, The only reason he is going through the United Nations is because of pressure from Britain, The world powers are starting to stack up against the US and UK and a second resolution seems unlikely, A war with Iraq could spiral out of control. however bad Saddam Hussains regime is I dont see why its up to us to sort it out, If Bush thinks all these countries with weapons of mass destruction are a threat to America where will he go next? where will it end? who designated the US the worlds police? It will only stir up more anti Americanism and more attacks like 9.11. Why is Bush so determined to go to war, maybe the US administration knows something everybody else doesnt, but unless it comes up with a better exuse for war, people will not support it. The only heartening thing I see is the amount of Americans and British against this war. Mabye (Hopefully) constant pressure will bring Bush and Blair to their senses.

It amazes me that a prime minister can go ahead with plans for war even though most of the country dont agree with it? He must be very brave (Or very misguided) Lets hope we dont live to regret it....
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I share your concerns Ace Rimmer, I feel the same. Lets hope that the massive worldwide manifestations againts the war, planned for this weekend, may reach their aim and speak to the minds of the worldīs most powerful men.
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My president may be one of the most powerful, but keep in mind that he's also one of the stupidest.

It doesn't look good for the planet.

My apologies to all of you. I didn't vote for the fucker.
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My president may be one of the most powerful, but keep in mind that he's also one of the stupidest.

It doesn't look good for the planet.

My apologies to all of you. I didn't vote for the fucker.
Holy shit Martha, I couldn't have said it better myself.
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My president may be one of the most powerful, but keep in mind that he's also one of the stupidest.

It doesn't look good for the planet.

My apologies to all of you. I didn't vote for the fucker.
Very well said.

I was too young to vote, but if I had been old enough at the time, I wouldn't have voted for him, either. My parents didn't vote for him, which is good.

I hope he gets his butt handed to him in 2004.

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i look forward to the draft, but i hope by the time everyone is taken from their families and normal lives, that the army will have brought back the goose-step. its an obvious sign of greatness.
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martha and others,

I donīt know if Mr. Bush is one of stupidest leaders ever, I cannot judge him, I donīt live there. But I think that if him and his pairs like Mr. Blair were really worried about terrorism and interested in helping Iraqi people to get rid of the evil dictator that is Saddam Hussein, your CIA would know what to do. Something along the lines they did in Latin America in the 60īs and 70īs would do the trick. The funny thing is...most of the time they helped the wrong guys. Thinking better, itīs not funny at all. Anybody who has lived under the oppresion of a military dictatorship knows what Iīm refering to.

People have suffered enough in Iraq, I see reports about mothers and children dying there everyday because of UN embargo. Why a war to destroy their country this way? It must be for another reason, like Ace Rimmer said, maybe cheap and abundant oil, and for that you must control the area, more than just killing evil Saddam. Al Qaeda and the brutal terrorist attack they perpetraded to your country in 2001 seems more like an excuse. Thatīs the opinion of millions outside US boarders, believe me.
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Something along the lines they did in Latin America in the 60īs and 70īs would do the trick. The funny thing is...most of the time they helped the wrong guys.

It must be for another reason, like Ace Rimmer said, maybe cheap and abundant oil, and for that you must control the area, more than just killing evil Saddam. Al Qaeda and the brutal terrorist attack they perpetraded to your country in 2001 seems more like an excuse. Thatīs the opinion of millions outside US boarders, believe me.
I believe you, follower. It's the opinion of many here in the US as well, except that no one gets to hear it because of the chicken-shit, corporate-controlled news media.


About the US helping the wrong guys; that is never an accident, especially when you consider the fact that my country made sure that the Taliban government was installed in Afganistan simply because they were against the Soviets. Rest assured that if this war does displace Saddam, the goverment that is installed in Iraq will be just as oppressive, if not more so. That's the way my country conducts itself. And no one here ever learns from the past.
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As a non-American, I feel like those of us outside the USA, who had nothing to do with electing Bush are being held hostage. We can march and protest, but so what? Bush wants war and he'll get it, at the expense of all of us. Unreal.
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I believe you, follower. It's the opinion of many here in the US as well, except that no one gets to hear it because of the chicken-shit, corporate-controlled news media.


About the US helping the wrong guys; that is never an accident, especially when you consider the fact that my country made sure that the Taliban government was installed in Afganistan simply because they were against the Soviets. Rest assured that if this war does displace Saddam, the goverment that is installed in Iraq will be just as oppressive, if not more so. That's the way my country conducts itself. And no one here ever learns from the past.
Yep.

Sad but true.

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You know, watching the news on TV about the protests around the globe pro peace, against the war, made me remind of this old Sting song. One could say itīs dated, and it is, in fact. But the message is the same for me, especially the verses "There's no such thing as a winnable war, It's a lie that we don't believe anymore".

This was the first song I worked on the lyrics, back then in 1985, when I started to learn the english language. I still love it.

RUSSIANS, by Sting

In Europe and America, there's a growing feeling of hysteria
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets
Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too

How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer's deadly toy
There is no monopoly in common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent
To put the words in the mouth of the President
There's no such thing as a winnable war
It's a lie that we don't believe anymore
Mr. Reagan says we will protect you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us, me, and you
Is that the Russians love their children too
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My president may be one of the most powerful, but keep in mind that he's also one of the stupidest.

It doesn't look good for the planet.

My apologies to all of you. I didn't vote for the fucker.

I absolutley agree. If I was old enough to vote I would not even think about voting for Bush. I know people my age who would be better presidents than him. I think that he was a spoiled child , and got whatever his dumb little heart desired. He doesn't realize that things have changed, and is going to whine and try to act smart until we attack Iraq. Because of his stupidity, we are going to be screwed. This whole war thing is turning into a gigantic mess, and it's going to get even worse
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Our economy is also getting screwed because of Bush. Surprise, surprise
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martha and others,

But I think that if him and his pairs like Mr. Blair were really worried about terrorism and interested in helping Iraqi people to get rid of the evil dictator that is Saddam Hussein, your CIA would know what to do. Something along the lines they did in Latin America in the 60īs and 70īs would do the trick. The funny thing is...most of the time they helped the wrong guys.

People have suffered enough in Iraq, I see reports about mothers and children dying there everyday because of UN embargo.

Why a war to destroy their country this way? It must be for another reason, like Ace Rimmer said, maybe cheap and abundant oil, and for that you must control the area, more than just killing evil Saddam.

Al Qaeda and the brutal terrorist attack they perpetraded to your country in 2001 seems more like an excuse. Thatīs the opinion of millions outside US boarders, believe me.

Very well said,follower!
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But I think that if him and his pairs like Mr. Blair were really worried about terrorism and interested in helping Iraqi people to get rid of the evil dictator that is Saddam Hussein, your CIA would know what to do.
Do you have any understanding of Saddam's Security system? Do you have an understanding of the clan system that exists in Iraq? Assasinating this man, is not as easy as you would imply.

Let's start with his SON being in charge of his security. Let's start with the 40 people that have been personally selected from his clan. Let's look at the fact that their own family memebers would be killed if any attempt was even suspected.

Yep, it's that easy. You think that the US would NOT do this if it were possible?

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People have suffered enough in Iraq, I see reports about mothers and children dying there everyday because of UN embargo.
OK....The Evil United States won't assassinate him and you do not want sanctions. How about looking at facts instead of pointing the finger at the US for everything.

Iraqs defence spending rises to 5 Billion a year to 2 Billion a year in 1999. Saddam uses 2.5 Billion a year to build 50 monuments to honor Saddam. Wow, he cares about his people. Let's blame the sanctions!!!!!

Saddam has continuously distrubuted humanitarian aid, not where it was most needed. He has given it to the areas of the country where people are loyal to him. Entire groups of people have been DENIED basic human needs by "SADDAM" while other groups have been kept fat and happy. In some cases, HOSPITALS have been closed in areas where people are not supportive of Saddam and the equiptment moved to cities where Saddam has recieved the most support.

The United Nations reported that TIKRIT, SAMARA, and Bagdhad are privelaged cities. Member sof the Military and the Ba'ath party also benefit. I am sure the 40 personal body gaurds who come from these places are going to risk their families preferntial treatment.

Since the GULF WAR:

*Saddams wealth has increased to $6 Billion.
*He has built 50 new palaces.
*Used pumping equiptment to build lavish waterfalls and fountains while there are areas of the country without water.
*UNSCOM inspectors found stores of medicines in wharehouses being kept from the public.
*Since 1999, the Oil for food program has in fact reduced child mortality rate to below the numbers Before the GULF WAR.
*Medicine that Iraq gets is being put into wharehouses and not distributed. Estimates in 1999 are that only 48% of the medicine the United Nations has forced Iraq to buy make it to the people.
*Baby Formula is smuggled out of the country at a profit.


Iraq claims to have increased from 1987-1997 from 16.5 to 22 million. This is an incredibly high growth rate. Not very believable numbers. However, his own numbers demonstrate a high growth rate that is consistent with the growth rate of the past 30 years.

If you want to blame the sanctions you can. The sanctions were designed with the mistaken belief that Saddam would have been removed from power by now and the sanctions lifted. I blame the fact that this man has used the sanctions to help those who are friendly to him and hurt those that have opposed him.

I would like to point out that the total Iraqi military casualties were 30,000 in the Gulf War with 5,000 Civilian casualities. I have used the high end estimates for these numbers.

I believe that 35,000 casualties in a WAR are much more humane than watching 225,000 Casulaties due to this man's continuous oppression of his people. Which is what INNACTION has done.

If you are going to blame the UN/US for the suffering in Iraq, at least give us one shread of evidence that it is their fault.



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Why a war to destroy their country this way? It must be for another reason, like Ace Rimmer said, maybe cheap and abundant oil, and for that you must control the area, more than just killing evil Saddam. Al Qaeda and the brutal terrorist attack they perpetraded to your country in 2001 seems more like an excuse. Thatīs the opinion of millions outside US boarders, believe me.
Oh the evidence is so clearly there that this is what we want. Same old arguments from ten years ago. Shall we list the nations who have benefitted by the past 12 years. Let's start with Russia, Syria, Jordan, Turkey......Shall we have a lesson in the Black market trade that the UN has allowed to continue, as sanctions have deteriorated?

It may be an opinion, but it is 100% not based on any fact that I have seen you or any other person post on these boards. If you are going to make such a god awful statement, that the United States is eager to kill and destroy a country for OIL, please demosntrate it with some tangible shread of evidence.

There is clearly an abundance of evidence that this man has done more to hurt his population than the US>
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You know Dreadsox, itīs funny that you didnīt quote what I said about CIA helping the wrong guys, and I say that based on what I have learnt and have experienced, being from South America, knowing what happened here not a long time ago.

With that said, I never, ever said anything like "the Evil United States", you definitely got it all wrong. United States of America is nothing more than a country, and countries are formed by human beings, with all its diversity. Like many, I believe that human beings are intrinsical good, so that explains to me why many US citizens, you included, want to help Iraqi people to get rid of Saddam, and that is a good thing. But donīt be so naive to try to convince me and many others, including some of your own, that helping that people is all that the Bush administration wants. Please, youīre underestimating me on doing so. Iīm a 42 years-old and I consider myself a well-informed person. Some greedy bastards would do what they want, regardless of their nationality, I have seen that happen all the time in many scales. Itīs not your fault, itīs not my fault. All we, that live in democracies, can do is making better choices, politically speaking. I donīt like what I have read on the news lately. In fact I didnīt start this thread, but somebody else with the same doubts, and fears. I am against this war, any war, because again war is not the answer. Itīs a pity that a blessed nation like US and its people have been so damaged for misguided decisions for so long, concerning foreign affairs.
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There is clearly an abundance of evidence that this man has done more to hurt his population than the US>
How does any of what you said justify the United States risking a nuclear war? If these are all internal, domestic problems, how does that justify American casualties?

If we follow your logic, then a European-led invasion of the US is justified, looking at our leader leading the planet into a war with dire consequences, leading his nation into economic ruin while his cronies get rich, letting the poor of his nation get poorer and sicker, while the wealthy few get richer.


The Europeans and South Americans and Asians and Africans have every right to be pissed off and scared. The 800 pound gorilla is going to war no matter what, and this could be huge.

Bush is using his "concern" (and yours) as an excuse to vindicate his daddy. I hope the both of you are willing to answer to everyone on the planet when this thing spirals out of anybody's control.
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How does any of what you said justify the United States risking a nuclear war? If these are all internal, domestic problems, how does that justify American casualties?
Hi Martha. The sanctions were put in place 12 years ago. He has violated them. The hope was that through hard sanctions, he would be gone by now. Instead, the world has allowed sanctions to break down. He increases his wealth, and the wealth of his supporters. He continues to develop illegal weapons. He continues to violate UN resolutions and cease fire agreements.

Nuclear War? All I have read is that we are going to use them if WMD's are used against us.

Follower's statement implied that the UN sanctions were the root cause of the suffering of Iraqi's. My point is, it is not the root cause of the suffering. If we do not want WAR.....then there must be an alternative to WAR. Based on what I am reading, we are EVIL if we go to war, and we are EVIL if we support sanctions.

Which is it? What is the solution?


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If we follow your logic, then a European-led invasion of the US is justified, looking at our leader leading the planet into a war with dire consequences, leading his nation into economic ruin while his cronies get rich, letting the poor of his nation get poorer and sicker, while the wealthy few get richer.
Has he done this YET? Has he worked through the UN? Are they attempting to draft another resolution to define what compliance looks like so this nonsense can stop?

As for the rest of what you write.........If you are saying that Bush is guilty of closing hospitals in cities that did not support him....If you are saying that he has denied medicine to people in areas of the country that did not vote for him....If you are saying that Capitalism is George Bush's fault....then I guess Europe should invade.

Do you have evidence that he has closed hospitals and shifted medical supplies to cities that supported him? If so I would like to see it.

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Bush is using his "concern" (and yours) as an excuse to vindicate his daddy. I hope the both of you are willing to answer to everyone on the planet when this thing spirals out of anybody's control.
I have been very open and honest about my beliefs. I have repeatedly said the President has not made his case. I have repeatedly said that I fear us acting without the UN. I also feel that the UN and the World is ignoring the facts.

That does not mean, I should sit here and watch people post things that are not true, about sanctions and about the reasons we are in the situation we are in with Iraq.

Your comments about vindicating Daddy are off base. There are multiple examples of Bush I officials speaking out in the past few months against a War with Iraq. Scowcroft, Schwartzkoff, and Powell, have all voiced concerns. After 9/11, it is well documented that GW put Rumsfeld and others in their place taking Iraq off the table, when they were all urging him to go after Iraq. If he was so eager to go after Iraq, he would have then.

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