Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it WWII that ended the Great Depression? I think it was.
I sincerely believe that the Bush administration feels that Iraq (which is easier to spell than wasisname) is determined to accumulate/continue to hide his weapons of mass destruction against that day when he can get them into the US for use. I would much rather go after him now with all we've got than to let he and his regime continue to fester.
As Lao Tzu has said, "Handle a problem while it is small, and you will have no large problems."
GHWB was prevented from pursuing the fleeing Republican Guard back to Baghdad in 1991 by the same UN resolution that authorized his kicking them out of Kuwait. Stormin' Norman wanted to go to Baghdad and was prevented by Colin Powell, then chariman of the joint chiefs, and GHWB himself.
I clearly remember the leftys in this country demanding that GHWB stop pursuing the Republican Guard and that he bring our troops home immediately. No sooner had GHWB accomplished that than the leftys began to excoriate him for not "finishing off Saddam." All of a sudden, the leftys developed a sort of mass amnesia about the very UN resolution they had been quoting just the week before.
Had we finished off Saddam in '91 "when the problem was small" we would not now have this larger problem today. To me, that is axiomatic.
Now we have a chance, and a duty to the world to end the regime of this butcher who started out his political life in the Baath party as a jailer and torturer, and I say we do it. And do it right. Damn the Liberals, full speed ahead.
We'd better take care of this and other forms of international terror as soon as possible. If we don't, we as individual Americans will have NO RIGHTS LEFT. Each and every time there is a terrorist act in this country, our individual rights are further eroded. Have you read about the Anti-Terror Laws, Part II? They are beginning to resemble the guidelines used by Torquemada in the Spanish Inquisition. And if you think I'm kidding, go read them both for yourself.
It is in our own best interest as individuals that: Saddam be either killed or exiled as soon as possible and that; Osama ben Ladin and international terrorism be ended. If not, and to repeat my self, we are going to loose all our individual rights as Americans in a war designed to protect those same rights.
Better one country be turned into a glowing glass parking lot than for the flickering flame of freedom and liberty to be extinguished forever from this planet. We've already had a thousand years of state-sponsored serfdom in the Dark Ages. Given the power of the modern industrial state, the next Dark Ages will last the life of the planet.
Think about that next time you feel like opposing the removal of Saddam and his henchmen.