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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:14 am    Post subject: Fight them over there... Reply with quote

I've finally heard this once too often not to comment.

We're told that our military needs to be in Iraq so we can
fight them (terrorists) over there, so we don't have to fight them here

First, the logic of it doesn't make sense. It's not as if we have a contract with terrorists where we agree on the field of battle. Fighting in Iraq does nothing to ensure that fighting does not occur in the U.S.

Secondly, the non-U.S. fighters in Iraq are not necessarily terrorists. This term is thrown around so easily that one has to be careful not to get caught up in the hysteria. More on this topic under a separate post in this forum.

Third, to the extent that there are terrorists in Iraq, our attack has likely created them. I've heard of Rumsfeld himself quoted as saying that anti-U.S. insurgents are being created faster than we can kill them. Not a good argument for "fighting them over there".

Finally, this has become one of the many "reasons for the war". I don't think I need to list all the shifting reasons why this administration told us we needed to go to war in Iraq. WMD's. Aluminum tubes and mushroom clouds. Killed his own people. Freeing oppressed Iraqis. Bringing democracy to the middle east. I know I'm leaving out some. Most of these are discredited and then another is trotted out. Or, they are not compelling. There are plenty of tyrants we don't oust from power. Or even accomplished! Saddam is standing trial. So now we have a new reason.

Think about it. If this is really a valid reason to go to war, then if and when things calm down in Iraq, we'll have to start a new war, so the "terrorists" will gather where we attack, so we "won't have to fight here". Is that how the U.S. is going to operate now? Giving up our lives and treasure and the lives of tens of thousands of innocents in order to provide "terrorists" a place to gather?

Its just a lot of blather. I'm convinced that we attacked in order to be in place for the "end game of oil". Not a particularly noble aim, but if the administration broke out of its pattern of pathological lying, at least we'd have something real to argue about.

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