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You're Right, Amir

Reader comment on item: Hugging Iraq's Leaders
in response to reader comment: Ungrateful Iraqis nonsense again, huh?

Submitted by Lee D Cary (United States), May 5, 2006 at 17:32

All governments act out of selfish reasons, Amir. You are correct. The US did not invate Iraq to free the Iraqis. (Neither,by the way, did the US go to war with Japan, Germany and Italy in the 1940's to free their people. But their freedom was an undeniable outcome, was it not?) We did think, incorrectly it seems, that Saddam has WMD at the time of invasion.

Ironically, it also seems Saddam fooled his own generals; never thought we'd act (and from a distance that was a reasonable assumption based on the politicans we have); and feared an Iran that knew he was bluffing about having WMD. Nations go to war out of the self-perception of self-defense. Isn't that why Saddam invaded Iran once upon a time? And Kuwait? The question is, how warped is an invading nation's perception of the legitimate range of self-defense? History judges that. You think that in the case of Iraq, US perception of danger was warped. Depending on where you're writing from, you are surely free to have an opinion.

And, you are surely correct about the majority of Muslims being opposed to the "illegal" (?) American invasion. A majority were also sympathic with those who brought us 9/11. Fact is, and you like "facts," Saddam killed more Muslims than anyone has yet to date. Muslims are glad that a mass serial killer of muslims is gone. And, I wonder, maybe just a little ashamed that non-muslims had to do it?


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