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Reader comment on item: Why the Left Loves Osama [and Saddam]

Submitted by Carsten (United States), Mar 21, 2003 at 08:28

Dear Daniel,
...
.. main point, that the left doesn't care about 9/11, Saddam...
1. The left does care, maybe even more than the right. After all it was the right that made Saddam what he is today ...
2. If the right suddenly is so concerned about saving the Iraqis, why didn't the right do anything when Saddam killed his own people (remember the right was in the White House when that happened) - the reason for that is that back then it wasn't really in the interest of the right, now it is.
3. There is no way to justifiy 9/11 and I wish you wouldn't have taken the quotes of those peope out of context. Plus, pretty much any quote right in the wake of 9/11 shouldn't be looked at under the microscope today....
4. Is the left right now protesting against Saddam. No. Why? Because right now Saddam is not the problem. Right now the war against Iraq is the problem. This is why the war is the topic of the demonstrations. Does demonstrating against the war equal to a justification of Saddam and what he does. NO. The reason the left doesn't want a war, is that the left thinks that right now is not the RIGHT time to have this war. Why isn't it the right time? Because Saddam can be contained (after all there is NO danger to the US, or Europe, or most parts of Asia -- pretty much 99% of the world posed by Saddam). Because if we strike now, there will be more terrorists recruited rather than less -- resulting in a more dangerouse world rather than a more safe world. Because a war right now will move the focus away from the war on terrorism. Because a war right now will weaken the global alliance against terrorism -- which includes a lot of a left wing governments after all. These are a few, but the main reasons the left is oposed to the war.
5. You call what the left does "intellectual bankruptcy". ...I would argue that war is political bankruptcy. If the US can't even convince Mexico to favor the war, come on, how competent is that? The problem is that the right wanted this war so badly that the right didn't give peace a chance. While the left wanted to try peace first but knew that there might be war in the end. ...
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