Date registered: Sep 2004
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Originally Posted by M44
Iraq never attacked the US. And there isn't really evidence that he was supporting Al Qeada in any way. But he had chemical weapons. He launched Scuds against Israel and I believe Riyadh in '91. He was or had been actively seeking nuclear weapons. He was responsible for killing thousands of Kurds in the 80s and 90s. Over 400,000 bodies have been found in mass graves all over Iraq. That's quite the track record. So there was just cause to take him out. And I'm sorry I wasn;t able to cover the 138 years, I was a little hurried. I will talk about the Spanish American War in my response to GS. But in WW1. We were attacked, we responded. We didn't really gain anything from it, except a safer place to live. WW2. Almost everyone will agree there was quite obviously a very big threat. We were attacked at Pearl Harbor. We responded. We declared war on Germany. Now did Germany ever attack us? No. But in the treaty that Japan, Germany, and Italy has signed they agreed that if one of them would go to war then the others would as well. Hitler declared war on the US first if i remember correctly. We helped South Korea in the 50s. They were under the threat of being annihilated, and we stopped them.
Vietnam, of course, was bad. That is one of the places we really messed up on. It was basically a continuation of Korea, the same general idea, but one we just completely screwed up on.
And I'm not saying Iraq is an extension of the Barbary Pirates, I'm just saying that the general "idea" is the same. Different technology, different nation and world powers, but still basically the same kind of thing we're going through right now.
So tell me, what was the reason we attacked Iraq?
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