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Not in our national interest

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Submitted by Sean Olson (United States), Apr 29, 2003 at 19:12

This scenario would be horrible for our national interests. We, as is everyone else in the world, are incapable of picking a leader such as this - unless it's out of pure luck.

Why should we set ourselves up to be blamed for putting in a brutal (to be "strong" in the Middle East you must be brutal, let's not kid ourselves) puppet THAT WE MAY EVENTUALLY HAVE TO REMOVE FROM POWER BY FORCE? To think such a strategy would end well in this situation is just a long shot.

Let's keep our eye on the ball. Our goal is, or should be, the eradication of militant Islam and its environments of aid and comfort. With trying to be too perfect with the new government in Iraq, we are trying to have our cake and eat it too.

The bottom line, in this context, that the world and the Middle East in particular, needs to understand is this: We do not have a say in who runs your country, but we will have something to say in who does not, and with full military force if necessary.
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