CAN WE REALLY BLAME THEM?
What would you do if a foreign military force invaded our shores and overran our country? Hopefully you would do what most other American patriots would do - grab a gun and fight them off with your very last breath.
So why did we expect the Iraqi people to simply roll over and welcome us with open arms when we invaded their country? Sure, most of them hated being ruled by Saddam, but that did not mean they wanted to be ruled by us.
Before the war, our leaders told the world we had iron clad proof America was in imminent danger of an attack by Iraq. Now it turns out there was never any evidence of that at all! Our guys just made it up! Iraq had no WMD stockpiles, no nukes, no terrorist training camps, no connection to 9/11 and no plans to attack America. It was all a pack of lies!
Which means our invasion was the equivalent of a SWAT team breaking down your door in the middle of the night on a, "let's just see what we can find in here," raid. Can we really blame the Iraqis for being just a little bit ticked off?
Do we expect the Iraqis to forget all the lies, as well as the thousands of their people we have killed, and just hand us over the keys? Hello? Are there any grownups running this charade we call the U.S. government?
Soon after the invasion began, it became clear Iraq did not even have a functioning army. Which made the original "imminent Iraqi threat" premise look a little ridiculous. So it was time for our government's disinformation team to launch the classic bait and switch. It went something like this:
Do our leaders think we are that stupid? They want us to believe the same U.S. government which has shown such little regard for the well being of the average American, has suddenly developed even the slightest bit of compassion for the Iraqi people? It would be laughable if it were not so tragic.
And just what kind of "democracy" is it we want to force on the Iraqi people? Do we intend to inflict the same form of government on the Iraqis that we are stuck with? Do we really think they want a government like ours, which more closely resembles a vast criminal enterprise than it does anything like a legitimate government?
Just a few of the choice jewels of "democracy" we will be exporting to Iraq:
That is what we would wish on our friends? Maybe we should change tactics and export "democracy" to our enemies instead!
Since our invasion of Iraq was based entirely on lies, this "war" was doomed from the very start. So we certainly cannot blame the ensuing chaos or the mounting casualty rate on the U.S. military. They were dealt a really bad hand. We can't blame the Iraqi people either. We invaded their country for crying out loud!
No, this one is laid right at the feet of President Bush and his merry little band of yes-men. They knew Iraq was a never a danger to America, but chose to launch the invasion anyway. Which means there is another, but so far elusive reason our precious sons and daughters are getting shot up in a desert 8,000 miles away from home.
If attacking Iraq had anything to do with solving the terror threat, we should stay there until the job is done. But that is not the case. This war is a loser any way you want to look at it and we need to cut our losses and move on. The best way to do that is to pay the Iraqis for all the things we broke and all the people we killed, and then get our troops the heck out of there - immediately!
Even one more dead American soldier is one soldier too many.
© 2003 David Brownlow - All Rights Reserved
Dave Brownlow, an engineer, has been designing and selling industrial automation control systems since 1979. He lives in Clackamas OR with his wife Suzanne and their four children. Active in the pro-life movement and conservative politics for over 20 years, David ran for US Congress in the 3rd District of Oregon in 2002 on the Constitution Party ticket. He has announced his plans to run again in 2004. His Web-Site www.davebrownlow.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Soon after the invasion began, it became clear Iraq did not even have a functioning army. Which made the original "imminent Iraqi threat" premise look a little ridiculous."