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Bam! Well said. I bet a lot of you didn’t know how much we supported Saddaam in the ol’ days. The media paints a picture of Iraq much different than it really is, and the vast majority of Americans, spoon-fed by the often-conspiratorial mass media, take the bait—hook, line, and sinker. No-bid contracts have been and are being granted to Halliburton, and money is being lost left and right. People are dying left and right. Lots of them.
Time to get out.
I agree that America’s invasion into Iraq is causing 80% of the friction than incites further rebellion. It’s the analogy I’ve mentioned before of sticking your hand in a beehive. If you put your hand in, chances are high that you’re going to be stung repeatedly. If you don’t want to be stung, don’t put your hand in there! Take it out, and chances are that both sides will enjoy more peace than otherwise.
Yep, that’s right. 650,000 Iraqis. But that doesn’t count for anything, right? Such numbers are justifiable in light of the 2,992 people who died on 9/11, right? (Even though 9/11 has nothing to do with Iraq… but I digress…)
I’m surprised that there are still people out there who support this war. Of course, these are the people who believe that Mr. Jones is coming back, with an impending attack on our soil imminent and likely. They surrender crucial liberties for temporary security (cue Benjamin Franklin!: “Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”). They live out of fear, not faith. They have far too much confidence and trust in our government. They deny the truth when presented to them. They prefer ignorance and apathy to truth and activism.
Said Samuel Adams:
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.