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June 30th, 2004

Invasion Is the Right Word

It's such a wonderful thing that sovereignty was returned to the Iraqis - and two days early at that! God, Allah & Bush are good. The now-free Iraqi people, who assuredly are singing our praises, can live a better life and soon, plainly, our brave troops will be able to start coming home. There are definitely a few loose ends to tie up, but now that we've supposedly taken our hands out of Iraq's oil lands, our boys and girls can start the long-awaited trip home. Right?

Apparently not, according to the headline this morning:
Army Recalling Thousands Who Left Service. And why is it that "5,600 former soldiers" are being readied to send over to the country-we're-purportedly-done-with? Could it be because terrorist activity has actually increased due to our invasion? This article from Time.com seems to say something along those lines:

(Emphasis mine)

...The IISS reported that al-Qaeda's recruitment and fundraising efforts had been given a major boost by the U.S. invasion of Iraq. It estimated that bin Laden's network today commands some 18,000 men, of which about 1,000 are currently inside Iraq. After almost three years of President Bush's war on terror, the IISS offered the following assessment of the movement's prospects: "Although half of al-Qaeda's 30 senior leaders and perhaps 2,000 rank-and-file members have been killed or captured, a rump leadership is still intact and more than 18,000 potential terrorists are still at large, with recruitment accelerating on account of Iraq...

...So why is al-Qaeda continuing to grow and prosper despite the loss of its Afghan sanctuaries and so many of its personnel, and the fact that it has been relentlessly hounded by security services across Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia? The consensus among security analysts is that the key to eliminating al-Qaeda as a threat is to transform the permissive political environment in which it operates in the Muslim world. Instead, the opposite has occurred — Muslim anger at the U.S. has reached an all-time high and continues to grow, driven by outrage at U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan...

I mean, I can't understand why they'd hate us so. We only went in and destroyed their lives, homes, families, etc. to give them "freedom", along with an unstable and now more dangerous place to live. Because, you know, America likes to stick their nose where it doesn't belong and fight for the underdog. Who cares that we should've been going after those that caused thousands of deaths on 9/11? Those people in Iraq needed freedom - and someone had to stop those ghostly weapons of mass destruction from being completed and used! Why, we had to do something. We could concentrate on bin Laden at another time. For now, there was oil WMD & oppressed people to worry about.

If you look at the invasion of Iraq as some benign freedom-from-tyranny ploy, then I think you're missing the big picture. Now that we're "giving" them their soveriegnty, that's what everyone seems to be thinking. Even if that were the case, I have to ask "why?" Why were we worried about the Iraqi peoples' plight when we had those responsible for 9/11 to track down? Because let's face it, we all know by now that there was (even if there is now because of the war) no Iraq/al-Qaeda connection. If America was just trying to help the oppressed peoples, then I believe it overstepped its boundaries. It's like a child in a playground defending other children from a bully. That's noble, and even commendable. But if the same child showed up at school with an AK-47 and blew the bully away, that would be a different story; that would be very bad, and very wrong.

They went over there for their own selfish reasons, and now they can't pull out. The state of things since the war has made that impossible. So we're stuck there - and stuck sending 5,000+ more of our brave men and women to possible death.

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