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Submitted by Erik (United States), Mar 2, 2006 at 12:28

Dear Harrak,

You said in your response

"Mr John Kerry could have saved the situation in Iraq by adding money, soldiers and equipment to accomplish the democratic/corpocratic mission in Iraq, but the stuborn Bush keeps vandalizing his country's interest and the interest of the others in Iraq and neighbouring states.."

However, I would like to say that Pres. Bush has done just that, he's put more money, troops and equipment into Iraq. Also, from what I understand from the debates that Kerry and Bush had, Kerry seemed to be leaning for getting American troops out of Iraq, infact this was a huge part of his campaign. So I think (respecting your opinion, as it is yours, however I feel a tad uninformed) that Kerry would have dropped out more troops (i.e. equals greater American losses) and then all hell would have descended upon Iraq. I agree that while it is noble to have a free and democratic Iraq, I think Bush has pushed the envelope here. It just sucks, on one had there was Saddam (mass killings, secret police, "relative stability", WMD's?, and let's be honest, one nut job of a dictator) and now we've got a "liberated" Iraq (possible civil war, constant suicide bombers, a mockery or a trial with Saddam, etc.).

The truth is, we've provided a lot as a country to help out the citizens of Iraq, but they don't want "our" democracy, ok, so what then? Let's say you see a group of men acting very suspicious, and pushing some other men around, so you go and have a "talk" with the ring leader (you punch him out). Now there is a breakdown of command, and while you've saved innocents in the nearby vicinity, you've just opened the Pandora's Box for this group of men. All of a sudden they're fighting each other and you, what would you do? Well while your aspirations were noble (and you did save people even if you will never know it) it's time for you to leave. You can't force anything onto anyone if they don't want what you're selling. So while I appreciate your comments (disscusion causes one to think) this is really a win-lose-lose situation.

I know it seems cold, and uncaring, but believe, there's nothing more than I want for those people than to know peace. It's just that what do you do at the crossroads now? I think maybe if we can stick it out (and civil war does not get closer) we still have a chance of leaving on good terms; I think no matter what though when left to their own devices, all hell will break loose. I pray that it does not though. God bless, and peace for all mankind (one day). I'm out.
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