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Reader comment on item: Wasted U.S. Spending in Iraq (and Afghanistan): $53 billion and Counting
in response to reader comment: Ron: No, things ARE better than under Saddam

Submitted by Ron, Ontario (Canada), Dec 20, 2009 at 21:51

Thank you for your reasoned reply , John.
You asked: "How many functioning countries have the need to gas their own citizens to preserve public order???" Well, unless you include the United States which shoots its citizens at Ohio State, or in its infancy, engaged in a Civil War that looked rather busy at killing each other, compared to some other nations, such as Iraq. Does not Iraq have the same right to sort out its own politics in its possible infancy? Sovereignty was sorted in Westphalia during the 16th century(1548 was it?).

The USSR used to foment trouble in a country they wanted to influence, but Hitler saw Blitzkreig as a faster method. I guess George W. was in a hurry to get more oil. Or was he only worried about Saddam's requirement for payment in Euro's?

You offered: " How many functioning countries are so afraid of their neighbors and their own citizens, that they prefer invasion rather than admit that they no longer have these weapons?" Admit to whom, John? Invasion by whom, John? Which country has the right to invade another because they did not submit to this question? Did Japan have the right to invade USA? And what are "these weapons"? Surely, by now, you accept that this was a "crock", or "cock & bull" story?

You seem to have issues about use of gas in war. Well, let me assure you that the folks in Afghanistan did not use gas to bring down the World Trade Center in retribution for Bill Clinton's cruise missiles fired at them from aircraft, far away. They did not have the equipment. They did have the moral upper hand, though.

It is my belief that the United States did not have any legal or moral right to attack Iraq and are guilty of nothing less than War Crimes, the parlance of today. (Though I believe it is nothing more than the sins of the victorious visited upon the vanquished.) That action was nothing less than what befell Poland in September 1939: Blitzkrieg.

For summation, I believe it is extreme arrogance to wonder why Iraqis are not appreciative of what the United States has done for their country.


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