[Powderworks] War has begun!
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 16:06:14 -0600
>George Dumya said something in his speech the other night that really
>disturbed me...that once Hussein is toppled, the threat of terrorism will
>diminish greatly. How does he figure this? I think it will increase
>terrorism, make other countries hate us and peg us as war-mongers, and
>alienate us more than we already have been.
Terrorism may increase in attempts, but the ability to acquire chemical,
biological, and nuclear weapons decreases dramatically. Thus the
possibility of a truly damaging or catastrophic attack decreases. Not to
mention the training and outfitting of terrorists by the government of Iraq.
>I just hope this "war" ends and fast. I hope Iraq can recover and become
>a free nation. I hope the US can recover. I hope the environment can recover.
We all hope the same thing. The environment should suffer very little
compared to the damage done by Iraq during the Kuwait invasion.
>My other fear is that even if we "win" (and I use that term very loosely),
>how are we going to help rebuild Iraq? If it's anything like what we
>didn't do in Afghanistan, Iraq will grow another Hussein.
The same way we rebuilt Europe after WWI *and* WWII? The US has a long
standing history of rebuilding nations. And don't denigrate the situation
in Afghanistan so blithely. Fledgling democracies are difficult,
particularly in a location that had been under such an harsh autocratic
rule, but at least women are allowed to look at the sun again and can
>PS: I am very surprised Australia entered the war! What were the reasons?
Because it is the right thing to do?