It isn’t often that I find myself on Kevin’s side of the fence, but I feel it necessary to share this, just in case some of you miss it buried in the comments.
First, the dissenter:
How about the captives your government is still holding in cap X-ray Cuba?
I’m not against removing Sadam from power, not by a long shot, but really, do you honestly believe in the motives of your government?
It’s about oil, and control over oil, nothing has changed this past year in Iraq, nothing got better and nothing got worse, but this time last yeah Europe was debating lifting sanctions on Iraq, the only thing that changed was Bush’s govt’ coming up with the idea of war.
What happened to not giving up untill Binladen faces justice, is this going to be a similar hunt that just gets dropped.
If supporting terrorism was so bad, how come the US still donates so much money to the I.R.A, responsible for nearly 30 years of terrorist actions, bombings etc.
It’s all so damn hypocritical, i’m not saying stop the war, that’s pointless now, to pull out without nailing Sadam would be dumber than going in their in the first place.
Posted by tristan at March 23, 2003 01:58 PM
And now, my rebuttal:
First of all, please learn to spell and punctuate properly. Next, it is futile to argue with Kevin, because, although you may not agree with his views, his research is, in fact, impeccable. Third, in case you have not been paying attention to all global events of the past five days, we are currently engaged in an operation called “Valiant Strike” in Afghanistan, where we have proceded to flush out several Al Quaeda operatives along with several WMD (that’s Weapons of Mass Destruction), capable of producing both Anthrax as well as a multitude of chemical warfare. To say that we have been ignoring the hunt for Bin Laden is ignorant and insulting to the U.S. troops currently engaged in a combat situation in Afghanistan. Finally, I urge you to think back to Bush’s address of last year in which he named the powers that make up (and bear with me, because I am not a Bush supporter) The Axis of Evil. Please do not forget about the imminent threat of North Korea and Kim Jong Il. If we fail to address the issues in Iraq, we will then set a dangerous precedent and be powerless to defend ourselves from the much greater threat that lies in North Korea. Please remember to research your facts before commenting. While I do not support violence or war, I understand that it is a cost of maintaining national safety and the security of sovereign democratic nations everywhere. If we don’t do it, no one will, and no one else has the capability. The price of being a global, social, and economic superpower is sometimes measured in human lives. As crappy as that is, this is a structure that will never change, simply because BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS must be defended. I’m not just talking about the things that give you the freedom to dissent, and on a much more basic level, give you the freedom and prosperity to use the internet, talk on the phone, go to the grocery store, sleep with a roof over your head, go to bars with friends….in other words, all of the things I’m sure you take for granted on a daily basis, and things that 85% of the gobal population are unable to enjoy. I’m referring to a life free from fear of rape and torture, death and destruction. If you’re interested, see the conditions some Iraqi citizens are facing here.
I implore you to do your research before flaunting your views. I support your right to disagree, but if you’re gonna do it here, at least come prepared with intellectual ammunition. You’re in our house, now, and though we welcome debate, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
Sorry, Kevin, for taking over.
Posted by merrin at March 23, 2003 03:18 PM
I hope that clarifies things for those of you who question my views. Thank you.
“What is popular is not always right, and what is right is not always popular.”