Simplistic view of the war on Iraq

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  1. Imported

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    sammygirly: Ya know it's funny...this is long but worth reading...and Max and I have had this exact same argument ~laughs~ Eventually, we agree to disagree....

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    Q: Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?

    A: Because they had weapons of mass destruction, honey.

    Q: But the inspectors didn't find any weapons of mass destruction.

    A: That's because the Iraqis were hiding them.

    Q: And that's why we invaded Iraq?

    A: Yep. Invasions always work better than inspections.

    Q: But after we invaded them, we STILL didn't find any weapons of mass destruction, did we?

    A: That's because the weapons are so well hidden. Don't worry, we'll find something, probably right before the 2004 election.

    Q: Why did Iraq want all those weapons of mass destruction?

    A: To use them in a war, silly.

    Q: I'm confused. If they had all those weapons that they planned to use in a war, then why didn't they use any of those weapons when we went to war with them?

    A: Well, obviously they didn't want anyone to know they had those weapons, so they chose to die by the thousands rather than defend themselves.

    Q: That doesn't make sense, daddy -- why would they choose to die if they had all those big weapons to fight us back with?

    A: It's a different culture. It's not supposed to make sense.

    Q: I don't know about you, but I don't think they had any of those weapons our government said they did.

    A: Well, you know, it doesn't matter whether or not they had those weapons. We had another good reason to invade them anyway.

    Q: And what was that?

    A: Even if Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction, Saddam Hussein was a cruel dictator, which is another good reason to invade another country.

    Q: Why? What does a cruel dictator do that makes it OK to invade his country?

    A: Well, for one thing, he tortured his own people.

    Q: Kind of like what they do in China?

    A: Don't go comparing China to Iraq. China is a good economic competitor where millions of people work for slave wages in sweatshops to make US corporations richer.

    Q: So if a country lets its people be exploited for American corporate gain, it's a good country, even if that country tortures people?

    A: Right.

    Q: Why were people in Iraq being tortured?

    A: For political crimes, mostly, like criticizing the government. People who criticized the government in Iraq were sent to prison and tortured.

    Q: Isn't that exactly what happens in China?

    A: I told you, China is different.

    Q: What's the difference between China and Iraq?

    A: Well, for one thing, Iraq was ruled by the Ba'ath party, while China is Communist.

    Q: Didn't you once tell me Communists were bad?

    A: No, just Cuban Communists are bad.

    Q: How are the Cuban Communists bad?

    A: Well, for one thing, people who criticize the government in Cuba are sent to prison and tortured.

    Q: Like in Iraq?

    A: Exactly.

    Q: And like in China, too?

    A: I told you, China's a good economic competitor. Cuba, on the other hand, is not.

    Q: How come Cuba isn't a good economic competitor?

    A: Well, you see, back in the early 1960s, our government passed some laws that made it illegal for Americans to trade or do any business with Cuba until they stopped being Communists and started being capitalists like us.

    Q: But if we got rid of those laws, opened up trade with Cuba, and started doing business with them, wouldn't that help the Cubans become capitalists?

    A: Don't be a smart-ass.

    Q: I didn't think I was being one.

    A: Well, anyway, they also don't have freedom of religion in Cuba.

    Q: Kind of like China and the Falun Gong movement?

    A: I told you, stop saying bad things about China. Anyway, Saddam Hussein came to power through a military coup, so he's not really a legitimate leader anyway.

    Q: What's a military coup?

    A: That's when a military general takes over the government of a country by force, instead of holding free elections like we do in the United States.

    Q: Didn't the ruler of Pakistan come to power by a military coup?

    A: You mean General Pervez Musharraf? Uh, yeah, he did, but Pakistan is our friend.

    Q: Why is Pakistan our friend if their leader is illegitimate?

    A: I never said Pervez Musharraf was illegitimate.

    Q: Didn't you just say a military general who comes to power by forcibly overthrowing the legitimate government of a nation is an illegitimate leader?

    A: Only Saddam Hussein. Pervez Musharraf is our friend, because he helped us invade Afghanistan.

    Q: Why did we invade Afghanistan?

    A: Because of what they did to us on September 11th.

    Q: What did Afghanistan do to us on September 11th?

    A: Well, on September 11th, nineteen men, fifteen of them Saudi Arabians, hijacked four airplanes and flew three of them into buildings, killing over 3,000 Americans.

    Q: So how did Afghanistan figure into all that?

    A: Afghanistan was where those bad men trained, under the oppressive rule of the Taliban.

    Q: Aren't the Taliban those bad radical Islamics who chopped off people's heads and hands?

    A: Yes, that's exactly who they were. Not only did they chop off people's heads and hands, but they oppressed women, too.

    Q: Didn't the Bush administration give the Taliban 43 million dollars back in May of 2001?

    A: Yes, but that money was a reward because they did such a good job fighting drugs.

    Q: Fighting drugs?

    A: Yes, the Taliban were very helpful in stopping people from growing opium poppies.

    Q: How did they do such a good job?

    A: Simple. If people were caught growing opium poppies, the Taliban would have their hands and heads cut off.

    Q: So, when the Taliban cut off people's heads and hands for growing flowers, that was OK, but not if they cut people's heads and hands off for other reasons?

    A: Yes. It's OK with us if radical Islamic fundamentalists cut off
    people's hands for growing flowers, but it's cruel if they cut off people's hands
    for stealing bread.

    Q: Don't they also cut off people's hands and heads in Saudi Arabia?

    A: That's different. Afghanistan was ruled by a tyrannical patriarchy that oppressed women and forced them to wear burqas whenever they were in public, with death by stoning as the penalty for women who did not comply.

    Q: Don't Saudi women have to wear burqas in public, too?

    A: No, Saudi women merely wear a traditional Islamic body covering.

    Q: What's the difference?

    A: The traditional Islamic covering worn by Saudi women is a modest yet fashionable garment that covers all of a woman's body except for her eyes and fingers. The burqa, on the other hand, is an evil tool of Patriarchal oppression that covers all of a woman's body except for her eyes and fingers.

    Q: It sounds like the same thing with a different name.

    A: Now, don't go comparing Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are our friends.

    Q: But I thought you said 15 of the 19 hijackers on September 11th were from Saudi Arabia.

    A: Yes, but they trained in Afghanistan.

    Q: Who trained them?

    A: A very bad man named Osama bin Laden.

    Q: Was he from Afghanistan?

    A: Uh, no, he was from Saudi Arabia too. But he was a bad man, a very bad man.

    Q: I seem to recall he was our friend once.

    A: Only when we helped him and the Mujahadeen repel the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan back in the 1980s.

    Q: Who are the Soviets? Was that the Evil Communist Empire Ronald Reagan talked about?

    A: There are no more Soviets. The Soviet Union broke up in 1990 or thereabouts, and now they have elections and capitalism like us. We call them Russians now.

    Q: So the Soviets, I mean the Russians, are now our friends?

    A: Well, not really. You see, they were our friends for many years after they stopped being Soviets, but then they decided not to support our invasion of Iraq, so we're mad at them now. We're also mad at the French and the Germans because they didn't help us invade Iraq either.

    Q: So the French and Germans are evil, too?

    A: Not exactly evil, but just bad enough that we had to rename French fries and French toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.

    Q: Do we always rename foods whenever another country doesn't do what we want them to do?

    A: No, we just do that to our friends. Our enemies, we invade.

    Q: But wasn't Iraq one of our friends back in the 1980s?

    A: Well, yeah. For a while.

    Q: Was Saddam Hussein ruler of Iraq back then?

    A: Yes, but at the time he was fighting against Iran, which made him our friend, temporarily.

    Q: Why did that make him our friend?

    A: Because, at that time, Iran was our enemy.

    Q: Isn't that when he gassed the Kurds?

    A: Yeah, but since he was fighting against Iran at the time, we looked the other way, to show him we were his friend.

    Q: So anyone who fights against one of our enemies automatically becomes friend?

    A: Most of the time, yes.

    Q: And anyone who fights against one of our friends is automatically an enemy?

    A: Sometimes that's true, too. However, if American corporations can profit by selling weapons to both sides at the same time, all the better.

    Q: Why?

    A: Because war is good for the economy, which means war is good for America. Also, since God is on America's side, anyone who opposes war is a godless un-American Communist. Do you understand now why we attacked Iraq?

    Q: I think so. We attacked them because God wanted us to, right?

    A: Yes.

    Q: But how did we know God wanted us to attack Iraq?

    A: Well, you see, God personally speaks to George W. Bush and tells him what to do.

    Q: So basically, what you're saying is that we attacked Iraq because George W. Bush hears voices in his head?

    A. Yes! You finally understand how the world works. Now close your eyes, make yourself comfortable, and go to sleep.

    Good night.

    Good night, daddy.
     
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    ORCABOMBER: I have to sarcastically grin at that Sammy.
     
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    Tender: well i must say, that is pretty much how the conversation went between my husband and i... :p

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    aj2181: Ya know... its funny.... when expressed in such simplistic terms the contradictions become glaring. Maybe we wouldnt get embroiled in such things if we sat back and asked ourselves questions like that.

    Great post Sammy.
     
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    jumbo747jet: Great post. Best I've read at the site in a long time.
     
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    ORCABOMBER: It's like yaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy are you reaaddddddyyyyyyyyyyy???
     
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    jerkin4-10: nicely done...well thought out...concise...did you know that iran had a democratic government until 1954...when eisenhower let the CIA help stage a coup to overthrow the democratic government if iran and place the shah back in power?...hmmm...now we are overthrowing a dictator...to put a democratic government back in power...hmmm...truman was asked to do the same thing in 51...but he denied them...but military people when put in politics...maybe not such a good thing...but neither are career politicians...

    but...even in spite of all of our governmental stupidity...i wouldnt live anywhere else...
     
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    Maximillian: Umm, sammy and I havent had the "exact" same argument, I am not that closed minded and intent on war for any reason or justification. However I do feel there was some justification in the war for a few reasons I wont go into. I do not blindly follow the rheotoric and propoganda of the government as this may have lead you to believe.

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    sammygirly: No, yes He is right -- He's not nearly that closed minded and I should have chosen more particular words. Nor am I that naive about reasonings behind the war.

    That was sent to me by someone else, I didn't make it up and it is not a conversation Max and I have actually had.

    I just thought it was an interesting alternate view :)
     
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    AnonyMs: [quote author=Maximillian link=board=99;num=1066747449;start=0#9 date=10/22/03 at 18:36:04]I do not blindly follow the rheotoric and propoganda of the government as this may have lead you to believe. [/quote]
    While most of what we know about you comes from sammy's posts more than your own, from what "we" (and I know I am speaking for the board as a whole here - always a dangerous and foolhardy thing to do yet I shall persevere) know of you, "blindly following" anyone seems to be the last thing you would be accused of!
     
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    balls: That was great.
    I guess a simplistic explanation would be: You do what you do when you can.
     
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    balls: Or is it: You do what you can, when you can?
     
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    balls: Either way it is good to live life to the fullest as individuals because there ain't shit we can do to influence the governments of the world other than voting in democratic elections in free countries which will have zero impact in China or Cuba or Iran unless we bomb the fuck out of those countries to liberate the people so they can hold democratic elections.
     
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    balls: Or is it: You do what you can, where you can.
     
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    The US doesn't care about democracy, balls. Look at US history: Pinochet, Pol Pot, Saddam, Noriega...We've picked more losers than a UPN executive.
     
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    balls: jonb,
    That was my lame attempt at being sarcastic.
    I agree with you to some extent but I tend to wonder if 9/11 has changed our foreign policy and moved us away from not just supporting our bastards around the globe but to spreading democracy. Who knows, maybe it isn't even ours to spread, maybe that is what gets us in trouble in the first place. Is it our duty, consequences be damned? Are we just putting in some more bastards around the globe or are we actually making a difference. I believe supporting our bastards is what got us in this mess to begin with, that and religion.
    Either way each one of us must live life to the fullest, it is too short and Human Nature can be ugly and we can't do anything about either.
    Thanks for the reply jonb.
     
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    longtimelurker: I'd disagree - I'd say the major change in US foreign policy post Sep 11th is a huge increase in paranoia.

    As for what I see as the major factor in what 'got us into trouble in the first place' I'd say that 99% of that would be the US placation of Israel. Sure, the fundamentalists may take offence at the decadent lifestyle of the west, but what really riles them is the unwavering US support of Israel in the middle east crisis (hence the Arab nicknames big satan and little satan for the two countries) - and of course, some things do not change. Take for example the latest UN vote on the 'fence' being built in the west bank - 144 votes for, 10 abstentions and 4 against - Israel, the US and two countries that I've never heard of.
     
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    longtimelurker: Thinking about what I've just written, I just want to point out that my comment isn't intended as a 'you've brought it on yourselves' comment regarding Sep 11th. Indeed, probably nothing could warrant such an attack on such a large number of innocent people, and it was a truly unforgivable act.

    I'm sure most of you guessed that anyway, but there's no harm in being 100% sure!
     
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