Tell me again why we fought this war
A co-worker forwarded me an article she clipped from a newspaper (remember those?) with the title “Tell me again why we fought this war”. I couldn’t find it under that title, but I did find it at the Miami Herald: Drop the ‘Bush Doctrine’.
Here’s what seems to be the main thrust:
Well, no WMDs were ever found. And now, the Bush team has given up the search.
This suggests one of two possibilities: Either Hussein is a true evil genius who managed to uproot, move and hide his nuclear, chemical and biological arsenal so efficiently that the entire investigative apparatus of Earth’s most technologically advanced nation could find no trace of them — or they didn’t exist when Bush’s people told us that they did.
And if they didn’t exist, the United States invaded a sovereign nation, trashed its infrastructure, toppled its government, caused the deaths of anywhere from 15,000 to 100,000 of its citizens, propelled the region to the precipice of civil war, likely reinvigorating terrorist recruitment in the process — and sent more than 1,300 of its own sons and daughters to their deaths — for nothing.
I won’t really go into the WMD argument yet again, mentioning neither the fact that I think many in the administration spent too much time talking about that one reason when they had brought up so many others already, or noting the fact that the media at the time harped the “imminent threat” and “al-Qaeda ties” stories although Bush and company very clearly stated that there was no evidence that either existed. And I certainly won’t point out that Bush detractors have been working overtime to rewrite the reasoning behind the decision to invade Iraq. I won’t discuss the fact that WMDs didn’t need to exist, only that Iraq needed to comply with UN resolutions and cease-fire agreements.
This is what the “nothing” we fought for is accomplishing:
This is part of what our “sons and daughters” are doing over there:
Even in America (Nashville, to be exact) this great “nothing” can be seen and felt:
It’s funny that this article came to me in the form of a newspaper clipping (remember those?), because I had a letter published in my local paper (remember those?) 10 months ago that included:
By working to stabilize and install a democracy in the heart of the Middle East, the Bush administration is directly attacking the root causes of international terrorism: poverty and oppressive, medieval governments that breed fear and hatred.
Critics are right when they say we can never kill all the terrorists. What we need to do is make the terrorists believe that there’s a better way to live life. With a decent life and hope for the future, suicide-bombing or fighting U.S. Marines doesn’t seem like such a good alternative. In the meantime, of course, we need to continue to kill terrorists, but Iraq is part of the bigger picture and al Qaida is only a symptom.
Will this plan work? I don’t know. We’ll have to look again in ten or twenty years.
But this weekend Iraqis are going to vote. The media coverage will undoubtedly be all over the violence that is sure to mar the event. They won’t be able to ignore successful elections like they did in Afghanistan, so most will probably work their hardest to portray the negative aspects of what’s going on and hope no one notices that the world is changing for the better.