mwillems - 12/14/2003 2:07 PM
Man-Du-Ru-Gas - 12/14/2003 1:56 PM
I just want to slug saddam one in the face. I think every American should be entitled to do so.
Eh.. ok, I shall respond one last time, with apologies for teh OT post.
Entitled to slug him in the face. OK, why exactly? What's he ever done to you? Sure, he's a miserable cruel little tin pot dictator. But he has that in common with many (as I said, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Burma, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Ukraine: many, many examples come to mind), and significantly, in no way did he do anything to the US - he terrorised his own people, not the US.
As to the previous poster who said the US was slow to respond, but not weak. Agreed, no-one ever said the US was weak. But 'slow to respond'... to what?? In WW2, the entire civilized world was with the US. Now, almost the entire world is against the US. Surely that should tell you something.
The sad thing is, if only the government had been HONEST. There was clearly no evidence for WMD's, and a link between Saddam and Al Qaeda is very unlikely (if you understand the region - this is like Ralph Nader helping Dick Cheney run a business. Islamic terrorists and a secular dictator are deadly enemies). People do not like to be lied to - third world dictators use transparent excuses when they invade - we should do better.
If the US government had gone in and said "we do no like him and will remove him, and after that we will tackle North Korea, then Iran, then Saudi, then Zimbabwe, then Liberia, then... etc etc etc" I think the rest of the world would have had a lot of respect and support. Which wouldhave been good for the cause of the world's liberal democracies, which after all we all espouse.