Posted by beardedlady on March 20, 2003, at 7:06:45
In reply to Re: I support my president, posted by syringachalet on March 19, 2003, at 23:59:09
I don't want to be argumentative, but you have made some comments in your post, and I would like to present another viewpoint. I hope you understand that disagreement does not make people incompatible or unfriendly. I respect your views.
> Our President and our country is in a very sensitive time right now.
> Noone I know wants to go to war.
> But I can not forget the attack on our country took less than two years ago. I also cant forget how that has changed all of our everyday lives forever.
But what did this attack have to do with Iraq? The terrorists were mostly Saudis, and they were being trained by Bin Laden who was hiding in Afghanistan. Why aren't we bombing Saudi Arabia?
> Some say we are only going there 'for the oil'.
I'm one of those. Check out the rate at which countries produce their oil. http://www.abelard.org/news/archive-oil1-2.htm#oil_resources
Iraq has the second largest oil reserves in the world, yet they produce almost the fewest barrels of oil. I think this war was initiated because they're just not producing quickly enough. The world's reserves will be exhausted in 39 years (according to this chart), while Iraq's will last 128 years.
How accurate is this? While I'm skeptical about any numbers and statistics, I still think it's about oil. Our leaders are oil tycoons. Condalisa Rice even has an oil tanker named after her! Bush even warned the Iraqis not to burn the oil fields!
> We are going to stop terrorism and to free the people suppressed in Iraq to someday be able to self-govern.
How will this stop terrorism? We have more terrorists in our own country--Tim McVey, the KKK, et al. And I'm not sure if freedom from Saddam is what the Iraqi people want. (Also--I believe that 60% of Iraq's population are 14 years old and under.)
> I want my children to grow up street smart but not to have to continue to live under a cloud of terror and paranoia about anyone who might look of Meditteran decent.
I don't know how a war with Iraq will change this. I also want the same for children around the world. I wonder what parents in Iraq are telling their children right now as they clog congested roads trying to get out of the city.
> I support our President and pray for God to give him and his advisors the wisdom and strength to make good decisions that will have this engagment end soon and with as few a casualities as possible.
This is a good prayer. I think we can all agree that if war has begun, it should be as quick and as casualty-free as possible.
> How many of you would be strong and brave enough to stick out your necks and ask some young man or women to go into harms way to make our world safer for everyone?? Its a tough call.
I wouldn't. I do not believe in war. I believe (and this is simply my belief) that many--but by no means all--people join the military because they can't afford a college education and because the likelihood of war was relatively small.
This is from a letter to Bush by Michael Moore, the filmmaker: "Of the 535 members of Congress, only ONE (Sen. Johnson of South
Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces!"
> I pray and support of families of those defending what this country is all about.
Me too. And I wish you the best!