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 Be afraid, be very afraid2003-03-09 17:46
by Flemming Funch

Sorry about all the war stuff, but it is encouraging that there is an increasing amount of excellent coverage in the mainstream U.S. media. Like a couple of Op-Ed pieces in the New York Times, such as Saying No to War:
"Given the corner Mr. Bush has painted himself in, withdrawing troops — even if a considerable slice remains behind — would be an admission of failure. He obviously intends to go ahead, and bet on the very good chance that the Iraqi army will fall quickly. The fact that the United Nations might be irreparably weakened would not much bother his conservative political base at home, nor would the outcry abroad. But in the long run, this country needs a strong international body to keep the peace and defuse tension in a dozen different potential crisis points around the world. It needs the support of its allies, particularly embattled states like Pakistan, to fight the war on terror. And it needs to demonstrate by example that there are certain rules that everybody has to follow, one of the most important of which is that you do not invade another country for any but the most compelling of reasons. When the purpose is fuzzy, or based on questionable propositions, it's time to stop and look for other, less extreme means to achieve your goals."
and The Xanax Cowboy:
"Bush officials believe that making the world more scared of us is the best way to make us safer and less scared. So they want a spectacular show of American invincibility to make the wicked and the wayward think twice before crossing us.

Of course, our plan to sack Saddam has not cowed the North Koreans and Iranians, who are scrambling to get nukes to cow us.

It still confuses many Americans that, in a world full of vicious slimeballs, we're about to bomb one that didn't attack us on 9/11 (like Osama); that isn't intercepting our planes (like North Korea); that isn't financing Al Qaeda (like Saudi Arabia); that isn't home to Osama and his lieutenants (like Pakistan); that isn't a host body for terrorists (like Iran, Lebanon and Syria).

I think the president is genuinely obsessed with protecting Americans and believes that smoking Saddam will reduce the chances of Islamic terrorists' snatching catastrophic weapons. That is why no cost — shattering the U.N., NATO, the European alliance, Tony Blair's career and the U.S. budget — is too high."

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11 Mar 2003 @ 10:52 by sharie : personal agenda
I don't believe that last quote at all. He wants the money and power he can get from Iraqi oil. That's what this is all about. Without Iraqi oil, our economy will crumble. The alternative is to spread the wealth around, rather than having a few people sit on billions and billions while billions and billions of people live in squallor.

If the *show of power* really was just to scare people, why doesn't he go after someone who's a genuine threat?  

11 Mar 2003 @ 12:53 by bushman : Hmm
I'm seeing that the USA, dosn't accualy need that oil from Iraq, but Russia France, and Germany, all get 90% of thier oil from Iraq, USA just wants to control the oil spigot to those countrys that depend on Iraqi oil. As well as the food for oil program.  

11 Mar 2003 @ 15:34 by sharie : USA oil billionaires
Yes, dubya's dingbats want to control the whole world.

Dubya's dingbats took control of Venezuela, the fifth largest oil producer in the world, last year, but the takeover lasted just two days. http://www.observer.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,688071,00.html

The people stormed the streets and took back their country. President Chavez had been warned about the coup, so he hid soldiers hid in the basement.

The U.S. oil imports are now down more than 10%.

It's about oil, and money, profits, and the reigning U.S. dollar as the international currency.  

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