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Submitted by John (United States), Feb 28, 2006 at 15:47

====That said, Iraq's plight is neither a coalition responsibility nor a particular danger to the West====

I disagree with you on this one. It is our, particulary ours, responsibility because we care about the safety, security of our country. I back Bush 100% on this. It is also strategic. Yes currently a civil war or Iraq's current plight is not a danger to us, but it might lead to a danger to us in the near future. Iraq can go to where it was before in terms of leadership, meaning another Saddam Hussein surfaces. Or Iraq can go to a Muslim state in the near future as a result of the civil war if we ignore it. Why do we care if it goes back to a Muslim controlled government? Our security threat in terms of the type of govenment comes mostly from an Islamic controlled state. And the people who commit hideous terrorist attacks come mostly from people with Islamic faith and govenment, and finances such acts too. Look at Iran too. Iraq could lead to that. The way to prevent these is through what Bush has been doing: topple Saddam, who is a threat to world peace. Then make Iraq a democatic state.

Then again, the difference now and the liberation we had done with the fall of the Berlin wall, Russia, communism, post-World War II Germany and Japan at the time... is Islam, and could be religion, heavy religious faith, which I guess makes it hard for us to do what we did during the Reagan years..... Yes I suppose you may be right.

----Civil war in Iraq, in short, would be a humanitarian tragedy but not a strategic one.------

If it is too hard, if not impossible, for us to instill democracy and modernism in a place and people because most of them have a mindset and culture that is in the 15th century, whose beliefs are mostly against modernism, unlike the communists countries, yes it would be a humanitarian tragedy I suppose. But if in reality we could actually accomplish making the region democratic and we pull out of it because of politics, then it is a strategic tragedy.

My 2 cents.


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