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Submitted by Barak Queija (United States), Apr 13, 2004 at 13:37

I do tend to agree that the Americans will eventually need to leave the rule of Iraq to the Iraqi people, and those were always America's intentions. America is not a conquering nation -- anymore. Once the Americans acquired all the land that currently makes up what the US is today, it stopped expanding. Therefore, any arguments of imperialism falls by the wayside, since America is not looking at expanding territory. Rather, it wants to spread freedom and liberty throughout the world so that it can create a better society for all. This is not a total selfless effort by the Americans. Rather, they would benefit quite royally. By promoting democracy and open trade, both the Americans and their counterparts will be richer. Some may argue that the Americans will get even richer -- well that's true, but they can't forget that their counterparts are also becoming richer.

Another point that I would like to make is that after any form of revolution, there is always a time of turmoil resulting from a state of anarchy. If one looks at every revolution, there's a time required for the individuals of the land to pick up the pieces and start fresh. Furthermore, during that time, there are incidents of fighting that needs quelling. The Americans in this case fought the revolution of those Iraqis that were opressed. Now that the Americans won the revolution, it's still their responsibility, with the assistance of the coalition forces to keep the piece of the land until a better form of government can take over and the security situation can be managed. Moreover, American soldiers may have to stay in Iraq for many years to make sure that order can be maintained.

The Iraqis should not view this as hostile but rather as a gift. Once more and more Iraqis realize freedoms that didn't exist in the past, exist now, they will appreciate what the Americans and the coalition forces have done for them.
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