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Mid East Turmoil & the U.N.

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Submitted by Dr. Richard L. Wigginton (United States), Aug 30, 2003 at 14:29

As a veteran of the Indo China War Games, 2nd place, I've had quite enough of battles won and wars lost. War is a terrible thing when won, worse when lost. If we take a long hard look at the U.N., we see a failed exercise in futility; translation, U.S. money, U.S. blood directed by despotic 3rd World dictators whose ideals are such that we see such nations as Libya, Syria, Cuba and Iraq (the chair country) calling the shots on human rights.

Now if that isn't the much abused weasel in the much misused henhouse, what is? Between U.N. action and our latest military muscle flexing in the Mid East, our military is stretched thinner than a cow hide on a barn door yet our young men are expected to be the policemen of the planet less a clear cut concise objective, Ie: how do we get in, how long will we be there and last but certainly not least, how do we get out?

My greatest fear from day one in regard to Desert Storm Two was the chance that S.E. Asia would begin again, this time with our boys doing desert duty longer than Moses rather than jungle duty longer than Tarzan. Meanwhile we have Bosnia, Afghanistan, etc. etc. "I'll have the troops out of Bosnia by Christmas," so said Slick Willie. Of what year, Bill?

Now we take a quick stroll through the desert and then bog down in a quagmire of mud while attempting to rebuild a country populated by people who are killing our young sons and daughters. It's time to "win one for the gipper" or get the hell out. And no, folks, I don't object to fighting if necessary but I do object to losing. The Versailles Treaty ensured that WW I would not be "the war to end all wars." We won the big two for Europe and gave the whole shooting match to the Russians, cutting a deal with Stalin, a nice sort of fellow who made Adolph pale in comparison and by doing so we set the stage for the next no wins in Korea and Vietnam and the divsision of Germany. Then we collapsed the USSR & the "cold war" became a myriad of "hot wars" between tribal mentalities where the only stability had been the Russian heel on collective necks.

And somehow, through all of this, we managed to erroneously call it INTELLIGENCE! It's time to look out for the interests of AMERICANS, not the rest of the world. It's time to stop the GOOD GUY IN THE WHITE HAT routines and do what has to be done. Fight to win or don't fight at all!
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