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al-Qa'bong
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posted 27 October 2003 02:09 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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The real flaw in the Bush administration's approach to terrorism — and it's reflected in the Rumsfeld memo — is that it scrupulously avoids addressing the grievances that seem to drive people to terrorism.

Indeed, it never even acknowledges that grievances exist; terrorists are deemed to act out of nothing more than blind hatred and a wish for death.

But even a superficial analysis reveals that one common cause of "terrorism" is having one's land occupied by a foreign power.

That makes people angry; you could say it makes them crazy with anger. (If the U.S. were occupied by a foreign power, could we count on Americans to respond in ways that were measured, moderate and in keeping with the law?)


Linda McQuaig is here talking about Iraq, but, well, you know...


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Gir Draxon
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posted 27 October 2003 02:26 AM      Profile for Gir Draxon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I think McQuaig makes a very good point. After living under Saddam's tyranny, it must be hard to trust men wearing unifroms and carrying guns.

The US army however needs to stay in Iraq for the moment, rebuild the infastructure, and high-tail it out of there as soon as possible. A democratic, USA-friendly Iraq would mean mission accomplished. But to do this, Iraq must be governed by its own citizens as soon as is reasonably possible.


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Courage
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posted 27 October 2003 02:53 AM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Gir Draxon:
[QB]I think McQuaig makes a very good point. After living under Saddam's tyranny, it must be hard to trust men wearing unifroms and carrying guns.

What a pant-load. There need be no 'Saddam' to make people understand and hate an imperial interloper...In fact, I bet many in Iraq fully understood who bought and paid for Saddam for so long...

But a 'Saddam' certainly provides a convenient alibi, to be used on those who are short of memory, however.


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Mori
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posted 27 October 2003 10:58 AM      Profile for Mori     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Hey Courage, Saddam was chosen as the lesser of two (or more) evils AT THET TIME!!! Times change and now, that lesser of two evils had to be faced. The possibility exists that the situation for Iraqis COULD have been a lot worse had the US supported a different lesser of two evils. Hindsight is always 20/20 and your spineless "support" of US policy obviously negates your "nom du guerre".

It will take more than a generation of peaceful coexistance between the warring factions of Sunni and Shia (with the obvious meddling of Wahabi) for Iraqis to come to know the meaning and trust of true democracy. It will take longer IF the clerics are allowed to continue to run the country!


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ronb
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posted 27 October 2003 11:31 AM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
"Clerics" have never ruled Iraq, and they certainly don't now, John Ashcroft aside.
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skdadl
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posted 27 October 2003 11:36 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by ronb:
"Clerics" have never ruled Iraq, and they certainly don't now, John Ashcroft aside.



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