Quote from mkue
saddam left quite a mess, neglected many areas in iraq, schools, hospitals were run down, many areas were without food and running water. at least that's what i've been told by troops who have returned from iraq.
but again, i
don't think this is our
problem (and of course you all have every right to disagree with me). we have enough neglected areas here
to be taken care of. i don't understand why we have to be involved. i'm not saying that i don't feel for the iraqui people but they certainly weren't begging us to come over there and liberate them from the way they are acting now.
screw this one up, and every person who has ever said anything bad about bush or american policies in general is 100% right and americans can never complain about it again or ever expect our word to mean anything to anyone.
our word hasn't meant anything to anyone for an awful long time now. there is an article in reader's digest about how all the europeans were celebrating when 9/11 happened. we weren't shown the whole picture at the time, and only got the grief that the compassionate people felt. if these people can actually celebrate the loss of thousands of american lives, what makes you think they will ever take anything we say seriously or even care what our government says?
it also makes me think again when i see interviews of soldiers that have gotten home and said that they would go back in a heartbeat to help those people.
great! i am glad that some of them feel that way. they have every right to feel however they like, but i still think that this manpower is better used on our own soil. how about just protecting our borders? or more airline security instead of the lackluster job they are doing now? i also read in esquire magazine a bunch of letters of servicemen to their families and they were not happy to be there. some of them questioned exactly what they were doing there...and every single one of the letter writers is dead now.
what gwb didn't understand is that we weren't fighting one man or a unified people in iraq but rather the sunni tribe, just because saddam is gone and another faction is going to take power (shites or kurds) the fighting and killing is not going to end. tribal warfare is just that and doesn't really end until one tribe no longer essentially exists as a tribe.
this is one of the smartest things i have read about the war. halleleujah! someone makes perfect sense to me!
so if we get the troops out, what'll happen over there next? the problem is sure not going to get any better with them gone either.
i completely agree with you here, but at least our troops and civilians wouldn't be dying. though again, we made the mess, we must clean it up. i am just so saddened by the whole thing. i wish we had found wmd. then, at least this would all be somewhat justifiable in my eyes.