Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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I am saying we have put into play certain inevitabilities that we will be powerless over. The arabs have been attempting to re-unite for the last one hundred years. Our oil greed has led us to oppose that for all of that time. The Iraq War has never been much more than a continuation of that failing strategy. Saddam was one path to Arab unity, and as difficult it is for us to accept, it was the path we should have backed. Instead, Bush sought to replace Saddam with his puppet state, in order to continue the US-British strategy of keeping Arabia a mishmash of divided states.
In 2003, the US made a crucial, little noticed and utterly stupid mistake. It allowed the ratification of an Iraqi constitution that recognized the supremacy of Islam, totally ignoring the fact the only successful democracy in the Muslim world, Turkey, was successful because of its total constitutional separation of church and state. It is at the heart of all our problems there, the rise of the militias, the inability of an Iraq government to govern, our inability to form an Iraqi army, and has thrown the Middle East into chaos whose only outcome is the rise of a radical state in Arabia and the strengthening of the one in Iran.
Islam, like it or not, is probably the most powerful social force on the planet. We have unleashed its worse elements deep into the fabric of all Muslim society with our incredibly brutal treatment of Iraq. By destroying and outlawing the counter-balancing force of Baathism, we have unleashed Radical Islam on people who under Saddam were beginning to get away from it for the first time in history. That is over, thanks to us. There will be no suppressing it, especially now that the people of the Middle East now see democracy as something to be feared. The only choices are to stay there and bleed while we attempt to prop up one unstable government after another as resented Nazi-style occupiers, or step out and start to accept the new world of madness we have created. Instead of bringing the world to a new progressive place, we have sent the planet into a centuries long battle with Medievalism.
Staying is the worst option. If we stay, we will eventually be nuked by rogue elements in Iran or Pakistan outraged by our violation of the Dar-al-Islami, suiciders who will care less about the consequences. It will be an attack on a major coastal city, using a submarine or oil tanker the same way they used planes but this time with suiciders carrying a nuclear payload. Our best option it to get out, and hope they stay in civil war long enough for us to strenghten ourselves against them by getting off oil, and strengthening our defenses against suicide attack, and by preparing for nuclear combat.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
Last edited by FeelTheLove; 07-05-2007 at 10:32 PM.