U.S. War with Iraq

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  • heathen

    personally I don't have a problem with sadam bombing Isreal,those people are as sick and twisted as the arabs that are in the news lately.

  • Grunt

    As I understand it, Saddam was within a year or so of making the Bomb when we went in before. I think the Israelis had already knocked out one that was well on the way back in the seventies or early eighties if I remember right. There is no doubt that if he is left alone, he will build it. There is no doubt that if doesn't do it, he will give it to someone else to do it. I think a nuclear cloud or an equally deadly attack via germs or poison in some major American or European city is a certainty if we don't, it is just a matter of time. Remember that they had already planned on flying a plane into the Eiffel Tower. The people who are willing to use these things hate all western society, not just the USA.
    I see no other way than to intervene unless a genuine openess to check ALL of Iraq is made availabe and frankly I would figure he'd finished it and slipped it over the border if he invited an ispection that was honest, thorough and aboveboard. As for rebuilding their economy, I do feel sorry for them, and if the people of Iraq really try a democracy I am in favor of helping. I doubt our help would be appreciated even if taken though. I wouldn't give a penny to a despot if that is who takes over.
    What I don't understand is why all the noise about it? Why in the world would we talk about it unless we are going to be a while doing it and just want to keep him on pins and needles and spending millions on security and such while he waits.
    I dread the day it happens for all of the innocents on both sides, but especially for the poor old grunts that will be down doing the street to street, house to house work that will get it done. With all our other commitments and no allies except probably England, this one will demand regular ground troops I would imagine. So much pain, anguish and guilt all for one stupid son of a gun with an ego bigger than his country.


  • expatbrit

    Yes Mr. Hussein must go. Here's why:

    The case for warAug 1st 2002
    From The Economist print edition

    If you will the end, it is only honest to will the means


    Get article background

    ITS founders called on America to show a decent respect for the opinions of mankind. And so, by and large, it does. But in the case of the looming American war against Iraq, another wise saw needs to be borne in mind. This one can be found pinned in many a corner shop. It advises customers against asking for credit, because a refusal often offends.

    In much of the world, and even among some Americans, indignation is growing at George Bush's slow but remorseless preparations to remove Saddam Hussein, Iraq's president, by military force (see article). No step, the complainers say, could be better calculated to offend a billion Muslims and confirm fears that, after September 11th, the over-mighty superpower feels entitled to trample wantonly on any enemy, imagined or real. At the least, it is argued, America should abide by the rules. If Mr Bush is planning military action against Iraq, he should first ask the UN Security Council for permission. At talks in Germany this week, the French president and the German chancellor said once again that there could be no new military action against Iraq without fresh UN approval.

    Will Mr Bush seek a new resolution before removing Mr Hussein? It is unlikely. If he asks, he may be refused, and a refusal often offends. Having refused, the other members of the Security Council will be offended in turn ifmake that whenAmerica, with Britain probably alongside, strikes Iraq regardless. Lawyers for America and Britain will claim that Mr Hussein's wholesale violation of the UN disarmament agreements he signed after being driven out of Kuwait in 1991 is all the justification they need. But with all due respect to the Security Council, the legal arguments its members deploy to justify their prior political choices are not especially gripping. The issue here is not Jarndyce v Jarndyce, a quarrel about small print. It is the danger Mr Hussein poses to the world, and whether that danger is big enough to justify the risks of a war.

    How bad does he have to be?

    The danger Mr Hussein poses cannot be overstated. He is no tinpot despot, singled out for arbitrary American punishment. Nor is Iraq a banana republic. With the possible exception of North Korea, but perhaps not even then, Mr Hussein is the world's most monstrous dictator, who by the promiscuous use of violence has seized unfettered control of a technologically advanced country with vast oil reserves. He has murdered all his political opponents, sometimes squeezing the trigger in person. He has subdued his Kurdish minority by razing their villages and spraying them with poison gas. In 1979 he invaded Iran, thus setting off an eight-year war that squandered more than 1m lives. In 1990 he invaded and annexed Kuwait, pronouncing it his 19th province. When an American-led coalition started to push him out, and though knowing Israel to be a nuclear power, he fired ballistic missiles into Tel Aviv, in the hope of provoking a general Arab-Israeli conflagration. Next time you hear someone ask why, in a world full of bad men, it is Mr Hussein who is being picked on, please bear all of the above in mind. He may very well be the worst.

    And yet it is not simply in his record of aggression, cruelty and recklessness that the peril to the wider world resides. If that were all the story, the danger might be easily contained. The unique danger in Iraq is that this country's advanced technology and potential oil wealth could very soon give this aggressive, cruel and reckless man an atomic bomb.

    The unique danger in Iraq is that its advanced technology and potential oil wealth could soon give this aggressive, cruel and reckless man an atomic bomb

    How dangerous would that be? To judge by the reaction of Mr Bush's foreign critics, the magnitude of the threat is in the eye of the beholder. But it is not difficult to see why, after September 11th, Americans in particular find it hard to be sanguine about the prospect of a sworn enemy equipping himself with weapons of mass destruction ( WMD ). In the worst case, these might one day be used against the United States, either directly by Iraq itself or by some non-state group to whom Mr Hussein had transferred his lethal technology. At a minimum, a nuclear-armed Mr Hussein could be counted on to revive his earlier ambitions to intimidate his neighbours and dominate the Gulf. Prophesying is difficult, especially about the past. But if Mr Hussein had already had nuclear weapons when he invaded Kuwait 11 years ago, he might still be there.

    Presidents and precedents

    Many people who acknowledge that Mr Hussein is a danger nonetheless oppose Mr Bush's plan to depose him, on the ground that this would in itself set a dangerous precedent. How safe would the world really be if the United States, armed now with Mr Bush's new doctrine of pre-emption, swanned about it shooting up any country that possessed or sought to acquire weapons of mass destruction, deposing any president whose face it did not like? That is a good question. It is not, however, the question that arises in Iraq.

    At a minimum, a nuclear-armed Mr Hussein could be counted on to revive his earlier ambitions to intimidate his neighbours and dominate the Gulf

    When he invaded Kuwait, Mr Hussein forfeited some of Iraq's normal sovereign rights. After his defeat, it became apparent that Iraq had been secretly developing chemical, nuclear and biological weapons, in contravention of its treaty obligations, such as those under the nuclear non-proliferation pact. Given this, and his recent aggression, the United Nations put Iraq under a uniquely intrusive system of surveillance, designed to ensure that his WMD efforts would come to an end. Crippling economic sanctions were to be lifted only when the UN 's arms inspectors could be sure he had complied. Eleven years on, Iraq is still crippled, the inspectors have been forced out, and nobody believes that Mr Hussein has given up seeking a bomb or scrapped all the chemical and biological weapons he already has. He has literally preferred to starve Iraq than to give up his appetite for them.

    None of this is to argue that a war to remove Mr Hussein should be undertaken lightly. Though the Iraqi army is even less of a match for America's than it was a decade ago, that was a different sort of war. With his own head and not just his most recent conquest at stake, and especially when he calculates that he has nothing to lose, Mr Hussein might very well use the unconventional weapons he has collected. The casualties this timeespecially the civilian casualtiescould be much larger than they were before.

    It is little wonder, given this, that people of goodwill are groping for a safer alternative. But wishful thinking in the face of mortal danger is bad policy. Perhaps the best hope is that, as the noose tightens, Mr Hussein will save himself by letting the inspectors return. If they did so on a credible go-anywhere, check-anything basis, such an opportunity would be worth grabbing, at least to see if it worked.

    Failing this, however, the outlook is grim. Some argue that a better alternative to war is to keep Mr Hussein in his box, persevering with the strategy of containment. But after 11 years, it is time to acknowledge that the box is full of holes and that containment has failed. By keeping Iraq poor, the sanctions have inflicted suffering on Iraq's people and so brought America and its allies into disrepute in much of the Arab world. But the sanctions have not dulled the Iraqi leader's appetite for the most lethal of weapons, and have slowed rather than stopped his ability eventually to procure them. The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr Hussein before he gets his bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.

  • Dizzy Cat
    Dizzy Cat

    Just a thought -

    Has America ever allowed a group of officials from IRAQ into the country to sniff around the stored weapons of mass destruction?

    I wonder how that one would go down with the people :o)

  • LDH
    I have not seen him do anything that would warrant our going in with a military force.

    Ummmmm....How about for starters, he refuses to abide by the UN SANCTIONS that require UN personnel inspect his country for certain weapons? SANCTIONS are not something that you can ignore if you choose to. It's bizarre, the way he can thumb his nose at the rules HE AGREED TO.

    If Kofi Annan wasn't such a PANSY-ASS he wouldn't be putting the US Army up to do his dirty work. The UN peacekeeping force should go in there and wipe their asses out. Let these people know they mean business.


  • Dizzy Cat
    Dizzy Cat


    This is a deep rooted problem ......... US against THEM .......... Muslim vs Christian.

    Thumbing ones nose, is just the start. Remember the crusades !

  • Crazy151drinker

    No Dizzy, none from IRAQ that I know of. But I do know the the Dept of Energy has allowed diplomates and scientists from many countries to tour its weapons facilities. Also the U.S. and the Soviets inspect each others sites.

    Here is a possible gift for IRAQ if Sadam goes nuts and nukes someone.....

  • Elsewhere


    America and most other nuclear capable countries have weapons reduction treaties with each other that require inspections be done.

    America inspects Russia, Russia inspects America, etc..

    When it comes to weapons of mass destruction, inspections performed by feign countries are the norm.

    This is no different than the city inspector having the right to come onto your private property and checking to make sure you install your electrical hookups correctly in order to prevent a fire that could burn down the whole neighborhood.

  • Dizzy Cat
    Dizzy Cat

    .... and there was me thinking Satan didn't exist Clint-dude :o(

  • Dizzy Cat
    Dizzy Cat

    The way I see it though, is that they all look at each others big cocks and say, "mmmm .... very nice, we've got a cock as big as yours" all the time having no real intention of taking the size down to a one incher.

    Erm ..... sorry, its getting late here :o)

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