Am I right, or am I wrong?...April 4 2004 at 7:03 PM
|D'Artagnon77 (no login)|
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.....It appears at the start of your message that you want to chastize me for suggesting the US aggressive behaviour has the potential to push us all to the brink of WWIII, but you close by saying, "in all likelyhood, you're right about WWIII". You know as well as I do that I'm merely echoing a common sentiment voiced, not only outside the US, but well within your own borders. I doubt you're suggesting this is the first time you've heard this.
.....I've long ago acknowledged the fact the US is the only World Superpower. On foreign soil, with a fraction of your Military, most countries cannot match up to your strength. Within American borders, you have no equal...and I'm not talking individual soldiers, but the combination of everything, budget, equipment, numbers...the US will not be conquered. Sure, you may have terrorists attacks against you, but this incursion into Iraq will not completely stop that. It may sound silly to quote a movie like Spiderman but it is a good line, "with great power comes great responsibility"...then goes further, "just because you can beat someone, that doesn't give you the right to do it." Sure, as the World's only Superpower, yeah, on your shoulders lies the responsibility to be the World's policeman, but at the same time, in Iraq, the US has certainly abused that power by being the aggressor, initiating an attack on a weak opponent. This War on Iraq, it's a show of force, one the US was certain to win..."you f*ckers attack us on our soil and this is what will happen", problem is, the US went after the wrong country. As I said before, go after OBL, have the balls to call a spade a spade and hold the Saudis accountable...but that's not what happened, President Bush already had an agenda for Iraq and 9/11 was simply a good excuse to execute his plan.
.....The touchy-feely stuff was not failing in Iraq Burgie. And nobody's declared it a 100% success either, but Hussein was contained, internationally speaking. Sure, Iraq may not have been complying fully with the resolutions imposed after the Gulf War, but Iraq was not a threat to the US. President Bush wanted a war with Iraq, Iraq is a weak country Military-speaking, you know this...President Bush certainly knew this going into Iraq, and it was proven how weak the Iraq Military was as US Forces advanced without opposition all the way to Baghdad. Iraq was an easy target.
.....I have no argument with you Burgie about the state of the Canadian Military. Our numbers are few, our budget is small, our equipment is old...but yes, we do have a role, and I'm certainly not ashamed of our peace-keeping attitude, and contrary to Octopuss' hateful perspective, bigger, better and smarter people have acknowledged how good Canada is at doing what it does in the Service of Peace...D'