I am with you LB. People in this country are so quick to express their pacifist opinions, to cry foul, when the only reason they can do that is because of the freedom this country allows. I think they need to use some of their energy and imagination to stop and see what it would be like to live in a communist country for a week or two. Do you think that most of the people supporting Saddam, do it cause they believe he is the best leader? NO! They do it because they are terrified. Think of the horror you felt rying to leave the witnesses, the prospect of losing your social life, your family, friends, and mentors, and your good name. Then think of losing your life, and possibly being tortured before you recieve the relief of death.
There are some terrific Films out there that even though they are hollywood-ized (Thirteen Days, The Atomic Cafe, The Siege), can show you what goes on in the mind of a leader of a country, and those trying to protect it. Especially ours. WE are not just trying to protect our freedom, we are trying to protect innocent lives. If you think Bush is up there with some emotional cause to finish what his father started, just remember who our last president was, think about how little he did to protect our country and our troops. Pause to think, when bin Laden bombed our embassy in africa, and attacked the USS Cole, Clinton, took the pacifist route instead of trying to rid the world of a known terrorist. Would the Twin Towers still be standing if he had taken more decisive action?
We think, and probably rightly so, that everyone deserves the same freedom equally. That's all well and good, but there are those who abuse this freedom, and need to have it removed, ie; in the case of a criminal. Do we just shrug our shouldrs and say, "well as long as it doesn't affect me...". No, because eventually it will effect you. You think we should just let Saddam go about his business. That it's about oil. It's not, it's about power. As uncle Ben so aptly told Peter Parker "With great power comes great responsibilty". Saddam is misusing that responsibilty, to torture and kill people, not just for his own gain, but for his own entertainment. Whose the Bully?
I feel for President Bush, He is doing a great job with what he inherited. Since Clinton's lethargic handling of world affairs, he has quite a mess to clean up. Is it being bullyish to protect a nation of innocents? Like LB said, "ask South Korea". Ask Japan. Ask those in North Korea as well, those that are not allowed to speak their mind, realize that these leaders use people as pawns, over here people can sign on to the military voluntarily (Vietnam Draft Excluded, but that's another issue entirely the U.S. is not fre from mistakes), and get tremendous benefits, and education, over in the country's we are trying to protect the world from, people undergo brainwashing ( you might know what that's like) and are forced to comply militarily, without the right to protest.
The next rime you are doing soemthing relatively meaningless in the scheme of things, like trying to choose which spagettie sauce to buy in an acre sized grocery store full of choices between quality, quantity and prices, look for a veteran, look for a person in uniform, resolve to thank them for protecting your freedoms.