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July 17, 2007

I find it totally impossible to identify with, let alone join, the peace protesters I keep hearing about. They say their primary (perhaps their only?) concern is for the Iraqi people who will suffer horribly in this war. They claim they are “speaking for” the millions of Iraqi women and children who have been suffering under the economic sanctions put in place after the last war. Are these the same millions Iraqi women and children who suffer daily under the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein? Are the protesters at all concerned about the murder and torture that, by all reputable accounts, happens on a massive scale in Iraq? Are they concerned about the utter lack of freedom that these people have? Do they ask themselves if the Iraqi people would be better off without Saddam, even if it took a war to get rid of him? I would feel better about what they were doing if I thought that they had actually sat down and tried to weigh out the costs of war versus the costs of leaving millions of Iraqis in the hands of this monster. Even if they still came down on the anti-war side, I’d feel better about them. But I don’t think they consider these issues at all. I believe, rather, that they are naively clinging to their fairy-tale “war is never the answer” rhetoric. I can’t agree with that.

Select the text below to find out who wrote it.

I did. I wrote it the day we invaded Iraq back in March of 2003. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

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  1. [Hand Raised] 😉

    I was right there in 2003, and well after.

    But the question is: would a different Commander-In-Chief have run this war better? Would Gore or Kerry have done that much better with it? Or were we all wrong, and should never have gone in there in the first place – even if FDR was Prez today?

    The issue of whether we pull out right now puts us in the quandary of possibly watching a Darfurs-style civil (or regional?) war take place. What if we left, and the Iran attacks? What about cleaning up the mess we – rightfully or not – have created there? Do we “owe” the Iraqi people something? And if so, what?

    Tough questions for sure. More reason why I w0uld not want to be President when Bush leaves. Makes me suspicious of those who do…


  2. I have no text to select. Who wrote it?


  3. Just click and drag over the white space below the words “select the text below..” and you’ll see.


  4. Good point, Scott. The people to whom you refer never did care whit about the Iraqi people, so why would they waste a bit of their diminished capacity pondering what will become of the Iraqis if we leave too soon?


  5. Before this turns into a great big group hug, let me hasten to add that this passage was part of a larger blog entry in which I, in the strongest language possible, called George W. Bush a “dangerous fool.” Please do read the whole thing here.

    Now who wants to hug me?


  6. Good post. And no I am not at all surprised. Though I often do not agree with you, you do good work. I also hold Bush and his administration responsible for not having any exit strategy or really any plan besides catch Saddam. It’s like we did that and he said to himself, “This is fun!”


  7. Scott, this is what I would have said to you in 2003:

    You are absolutely right that Saddam Hussein is an evil dictator who deserves to be overthrown. The US government, and those of us who elect it, should hang our heads in shame for having installed him. However, he stands alongside many other evil dictators we currently support or at least tolerate, but who we have no plans to overthrow. We don’t overthrow governments just because we consider them evil.

    The fact is, we are currently at war in Afghanistan against an enemy that is deeply dangerous to our country and – read this carefully – THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT IRAQ CURRENTLY POSES A THREAT TO THE US OR OUR ALLIES. Every single bit of “intelligence” that the current administration has used to support this war has been discredited by our own agencies or the UN.

    There are few good reasons to go to war in Iraq right now and many excellent reasons not to. Let us, instead, keep our focus on the battle against Al Quaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, a battle for which we have broad international support. Let us help the Afghan people build a country of peace, prosperity and democracy that will stand as a model to the Muslim world. And then, let that model inspire Iraqis and other repressed peoples around the world to stand up to their dictators knowing that the US will stand beside them – not as occupiers, but as allies.


  8. I feel today that I have shed an enormous layer of naivete.



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