let us not forget

  1. There are happy pictures in Baghdad today. It would be inhuman not to react with joy to people who are overjoyed at a terrible regime being overthrown. I know that this war has made me more aware of human rights and suffering than before. However, one thing about it makes me sad at the same time as glad.

    I know that the main reason we are in Iraq is to secure our national interests. If you are pro-war, this probably means eliminating the threat of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that saddam allegedly presents. If you are anti-war, that probably means we are there to ensure access to Iraq's oil reserves.

    Much as I would like to believe it, it is not because of human rights violations committed by Saddam's regime. Iraq has suffered for many years under saddam's repressive regime. Saddam used chemical weapons on thousands of Iranians during the war with Iran as well as on Kurdish civilians later.


    While the world is rejoicing at the scenes of joy in Baghdad, let us not forget that over a thousand people were massacred in the Congo last week. Let us not forget the women in Afghanistan, whose rights are becoming repressed again especially in certain areas of the country. Let us not forget that, unfortunately, there are many many countries who are committing egregious human rights violations around the world as we speak.

    Let's use the joy that we see in the faces of the Iraqi people, whether pro or antiwar, to encourage greater human rights worldwide.

    http://www.hrw.org/africa/index.php

    http://www.hrw.org/press/2002/12/herat1217.htm
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   Elenaster
    Curious,

    Thanks for heightening our global awareness and reminding us that human rights violations are rampant all over the world, not just in Iraq.

  4. by   Mkue
    Let us not forget that Iraqi people have waited more than 30 years to be "free". Let us allow them to enjoy their new freedom.
  5. by   Stargazer
    I don't see how curious's message in any way impairs Iraqi celebration of their newfound freedom. I believe it was meant as a reminder to the rest of us.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by mkue
    Let us not forget that Iraqi people have waited more than 30 years to be "free". Let us allow them to enjoy their new freedom.
    Marie, did you steal my brain today? I find myself agreeing with your posts 100% and have nothing brilliant to add.
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Originally posted by mkue
    Let us not forget that Iraqi people have waited more than 30 years to be "free". Let us allow them to enjoy their new freedom.
    Marie . . . . I share your thoughts. Thanks.
  8. by   cindyln
    ditto what marie said. There should be restful sleep in bagdad tonight and deservadly (sp?) so.
  9. by   curious
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    I don't see how curious's message in any way impairs Iraqi celebration of their newfound freedom. I believe it was meant as a reminder to the rest of us.
    Thanks Stargazer- that's exactly what I meant. Whether you were against this war or for it, I hope that as we (the rest of the world) see the happiness from the end of the brutal regime in Iraq, it will compel us to work to end other brutal human rights violations in the world, regardless of where it is.
  10. by   Mkue
    Curious, there is fighting in many places of the world, I don't deny that. I just feel that this is "Iraq's" day and questioning why we are in Iraq today has already been answered by Coalition leaders over a month ago.

    Millions have been killed in Iraq under the Regime that just toppled. So I think if we were in the Congo or Palestine or Israel today, one could ask why we weren't in Iraq.
  11. by   JedsMom
    As Americans we have taken a LOT of heat for being in Iraq. In what manner should we work to free the others who are persecuted, wrongly imprisioned, enslaved and tortured around the world. Seems to me that everyone thinks we are big bullies trying to take over the world.

    And I agree with Marie, it's Iraq's day
  12. by   curious
    ???

    How am I questioning why we were in Iraq? Of course forces are there. They have pretty much toppled the regime. I am not disputing that. That was not the point of my post.

    All I am saying is it is not just because of human rights violations. Whether you are prowar or antiwar I think we can all agree on that. What is wrong with encouraging people to think, whether they were for the war or against the war, about what is going on in other parts of the world as well? How does this take away at all from the Iraqi people today? I don't get it.
  13. by   Mkue
    I stand corrected Curious.

    You weren't questioning why we are there. I was reading too much into your post. Sorry. I do believe that many of us are aware of human rights violations around the world, I for one am just wallowing in the relief of one country's liberation and in no way dismissing what else is happening in the world. I'm just so DANG elated for the Iraqi people and I hope things progress for them.

    Carry on.

  14. by   curious
    Thanks mkue. I am glad to see the celebration in the streets of Iraq as well.

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