You can debate whether we should have gone to Iraq or not, that’s what free speech allows (for those of us who are lucky enough to still enjoy it).
You can be committed to your side of the debate, I have no issue with passion.
What you can’t do (even though thousands try) is to create fact from fiction.
Facts that are known:
Highpoints of Islamic Terrorism against the West in the last 3 decades:
1979 Fifty two US citizens held hostage in Iran by radicals
1983 US Embassy in Beirut bombed 63 people killed including 17 US citizens
1983 Marine Barracks bombed 241 US marines killed
1983 American Embassy in Kuwait bombed 6 killed
1984 US Embassy annex bombed, 24 killed 2 US
1984-1985 Flight 221 Kuwait Airways, TWA 847, Achille Lauro
1986- Bombing of La Belle Discotheque
1988- Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
1993 – 1st World Trade Center bombing
1996 Khobar Towers Bombing
1998 Africa US Embassy bombing
2000 US Cole Bombing
2001 WTC attacked over 3000 civilians killed
199X Clinton administration thought Saddam had WMD’s
President Clinton on CNN
Madalin Albright on CNN
Sandy Burger in USA Today
What Today’s critics were saying back a few years
US HOUSE and Senate approval of war on Iraq
Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public law 107-243, 116 Stat. 1497-1502) passed by the House and Senate in October 2002
UN on IRAQ
Prior to 2002 the UN had passed 16 resolutions on Iraq to cease WMD development and comply with inspections, including 1441, all of which Saddam basically ignored.
Iraqi Involvement with Terrorism
Iraq provided bases to the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), and the Abu Nidal organization (ANO). Following the invasion in 2k3, U.S. sanctions applicable to state sponsors of terrorism against Iraq were suspended and President Bush announced the removal of Iraq from the list on 25 September 2004.
Some people think Saddam's payments of $25k (US equivalent) to the families of suicide bombers was humanitarian aid, not a subsidy or reward that could have been considered supporting terrorism.
Afghanistan and Al Qaeda
The Taliban had given safe haven to Al Qaeda to train and plot logistics attacks based from Afganistan. These actions are well documented.
1. Al Qaeda and radical Islam recruited, trained and developed plans to attack US interests and civilians.
2. Afghanistan was a safe haven for Al Qaeda to carry out training, logistics and development of attacks on US civilians.
1 + 2 justify Afghanistan invasion to protect US civilians.
3. Saddam was a renegade leader with a history of WMD possession and usage on his own people.
4. Saddam defied UN resolutions.
5. World leaders thought Saddam had WMD’s in the late 90’s thru 2003.
6. The US Senate and House voted to authorize war on Iraq.
7. UN Resolution 1441 declares IRAQ in material breach or previous resolutions and this was their final opportunity for compliance, Saddam didn’t.
3+4+5+6+7 equals Bush wasn’t on his own and the war is legitimate and legal and was supported by 70 percent of the US Congress.
And if that isn’t enough add these: Saddam took Oil for Food money and fraudulently used it to his own gain and not the UN’s mandate. Saddam was responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of his own countrymen leaving mass graves all over Iraq.
Pacifism as a response to Radical Islamic Muslims didn’t work leading up to 2001 and it won't work now.
I can accept opinions. We all have them. But so much of the anti war rhetoric today is emotion and has nothing to do with facts.
I don’t like war, nobody does. I don’t like the fact that over 3000 US soldiers have died. An argument can be made that we’ve tried to make war too humane with high accuracy bombs and ridiculously stringent rules of engagement minimizing collateral damage. Maybe we should have used B52’s and kept our military men and women safer.
The simple fact is the news media could care less about truth and fact, and too many people don’t spend the time to find the truth. They just believe their bias.