This essay is in defense of the current Iraqi War. President Bush’s vocal critics state that over 1,400 American troops’ have been sacrificed in the Iraq War. First of all, the word “sacrifice” means that a person voluntarily does or gives up something at his or her own free will (like a bunt to advance a runner in baseball or Catholics sacrificing and giving up chocolate for Lent).
I don’t believe that any of those soldiers that have been killed in the war deliberately intended to die or were “sacrificed” as Michael Moore has erroneously stated. And I’m sure that if President Bush knew the names of those soldiers that had been killed. I’m certain he would have ordered those individuals to stay on U.S. military bases and not engage in combat in Iraq.
Secondly, in World War II around 405,000 American military personnel had been killed, and that happens to constitute 405 times the sacrifice that our nation has made in the combined Afghan/Iraq Wars. And besides that horrendous astronomical figure over 671,000 American soldiers were wounded during WWII. I agree with the anti-war pundits that each American life should be valued, but when you analyze “sacrifice” in its true context, look to the past to equate the true cost of freedom. The World Trade Center twin-towers catastrophe was very comparable to Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in fact more people died on September 11th on U.S. soil than were bombed and killed at Pearl Harbor.
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Now here’s where the liberal mindset suddenly turns philosophical. “The Iraq War should not be fought and it cannot be validly compared to WWII,” they will argue. President Bush does not like or want war, but sometimes war is the only viable measure to take. I strongly suggest that the anti-war doves become students of history instead of naïve idealists of the present situation without any clue of past Holocausts. The rest of the world is not a Utopia. Stop this “blame America first” rhetoric for being responsible for all of the world’s problems.
I admire President Bush because he understood one thing very clearly: Problems are easier to solve (despite sacrifice) when they are small than when they proliferate and mushroom into something large. When Adolph Hitler’s minions invaded the Sudetanland (Czechoslovakia) in 1939, no one did anything about it. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the first President Bush stopped the tyrant dead in his tracks.
Saddam Hussein’s intent was to invade Kuwait and then take over Saudi Arabia, thus controlling all of the Arab oil (and the Arab holy shrines) and holding the U.S. and the free world hostage to both economic and political extortion. Later in 1939, Hitler invaded, Poland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium and France. Give the second President Bush much-warranted credit. Saddam Hussein never had a chance to invade Saudi Arabia. President Bush has very effectively protected and preserved our unparalleled prosperity and our highly envied American way of life.
Anti-war cynics argue that no WMD’s have been discovered in Iraq. Saddam Hussein showed his true colors when he used WMD’s to exterminate 300,000 Kurds, and please remember that over 7 million Jews were systematically eliminated in Nazi gas chambers and death camps. And over 50 MILLION people, civilians (mostly Russians and Poles), prisoners, captives and soldiers “UNNECESSARILY” died in WWII. The truth is that the U.S. is currently fighting Arab Fascists that would kill any American anywhere in a New York second (if they could) even though most liberals apparently are against the Iraq War. According to the terrorists’ perverted point of view, any U.S. citizen is just another American warm body that needs to become cold in a hurry regardless of that victim’s political “philosophy.”
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Let’s understand one particular thing. The radical Arab extremists have a saying, “An enemy of my enemy is my friend!” This means that Saddam Hussein condoned Al Qaeda terrorists living in, training in and migrating through Iraq from Syria-to-Iran-to-Saudi Arabia-to-Jordan-to Palestine. As long as the radical militants all hated America, it didn’t matter to Saddam Hussein. Isn’t our chief terrorist in Iraq a Jordanian and the notorious Usama bin Laden a Saudi? Weren’t the 9-11 killers mostly Saudis that hung out and trained throughout the Middle East, including Iraq?
But look at the 1,500 terrorists and Baathist’ loyalists that were killed by our brave soldiers in Fallujah. Fallujah was a giant magnet, a major kill zone where terrorists and Baathist Fascists were attracted to and then valiantly dealt with, and if any of them could have the opportunity, they would blow up a New York skyscraper (or New York City) at the drop of a hat. Kill the terrorists and the Arab Fascists in Iraq before they have a chance to enact their hatred here in the USA.
The Iraq War under President Bush can only be evaluated in one context: it is actually a legal extension of the Gulf War under the first President Bush. Saddam Hussein did not honor the truce terms of the Gulf War and ignored over a dozen UN resolutions condemning the dictator’s thumbing his nose at the Security Council. And there’s only one country that understood his true motivations and held Hussein accountable and liable for his blatant insolence, and George W. Bush courageously leads it.
To understand Saddam Hussein’s mindset students of history first must recognize that the dictator modeled his Iraqi regime after the tyrannies of other monsters, his boyhood heroes from World History, Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
Saddam Hussein was the Iraqi leader of the Batthist Party. The stated main goal of the Batthist Party is to unify (if necessary by force) the entire Arab World against the West (particularly, the United States).
Hussein invaded Kuwait and he was craftily waiting after the First Gulf War to rebuild his Army and to deploy WMDs when a weaker U.S. President (who would be soft on terrorism and illegal conquest) would follow George W. Bush and gain office.
Also, the Baathist Part coincidentally is the dominant political force in Syria and controls the activities of that terroristic-supportive government. Right this moment Syria is harboring many of Saddam’s former Baathist regime members. And Saddam’s WMDs (some of which he used while exterminating 300,000 Kurds) possibly have been shifted from Iraq to Syria just before the present Iraq War commenced.
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When the United States unfortunately allowed the UN to try and persuade Saddam to cooperate with twelve UN resolutions the despot used the delay and was cleverly spending the UN “oil for food money” to organize the resistance that our soldiers are now encountering in Iraq. That earmarked UN money never went to feeding Saddam’s people. But at the time left-wingers in the American press and in Congress were accusing the Bush Administration of “starving” the Iraqi people because of the “sanctions” that the U.S. had forced the UN to impose on Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War under Bush 41. But the dictator was secretly using the UN money he was receiving for “food and medicine” for diabolical reasons: to rebuild his Republican Guard Army, to sponsor Palestinian terrorism and to finance the Baathhist and terrorist resistance in order to prevent democracy from taking root.
Saddam also had a secret oil pipeline going from Iraq into Syria that the UN never seemed to know about and Hussein was clandestinely selling that oil to Syria and using that additional “skimmed money” to rebuild his Army, to subsidize the Baathhist resistance, to promote Middle East terrorism and to neglect his people. All the while President Bush was aware that critics were blaming U.S. sponsored sanctions against Iraq for the deteriorating social condition prevalent inside that country.
France, Germany and Russia (two of which are UN Security Council nations) had lucrative contracts with Saddam Hussein totaling over 23 billion dollars, in addition to the massive “oil for food” scam that the UN was supposedly overseeing. George Walker Bush got tired of all of the UN lying, cheating, stealing and stalling while Saddam was re-arming and financing terrorism with American taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars being squandered by Kofi Anin.
George Bush was concerned that if Saddam accomplished his invasion objectives and gained control of all the Arab nations, then WWIII would be imminent and hundreds of thousands of American soldiers’ lives would be lost in such a cataclysmic conflict. Our President concluded that a limited war now would be much better than a disastrous war four to six years from now. George W. Bush did not desire to see Saddam Hussein evolve into the next Adolph Hitler. And let’s not forget that Saddam’s Baathist Party rose to power after he personally assassinated the reigning dictator of Iraq and then more recently Hussein was conspiring to have Bush 41 and Bush 43 assassinated, too.
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And finally all of you anti-war liberals, a democracy in Iraq will disrupt terrorism and terrorists throughout the Middle East, particularly in Baathist Syria, in Palestine and in Iran. And please recollect that Saddam Hussein paid each Palestinian suicide/homicide bomber’s family $30,000 of “oil for food money” just to ensure that terrorism in the Middle East would thrive and continue. The same attitude that prevailed among the demented German Fascists exists among the radical Islamic Fascists: “Blame it all on the Jews!”
The United States of America protects all of the free world including anti-war protestors in Canada, Europe and even here in America. The USA is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, but our nation can only continue being great through strength, economic prosperity, free enterprise and courage to act, to demonstrate leadership and to defend what is right, what is just and what is necessary.
And there’s one final thing to say to all anti-war liberals. How much money is Al Qaeda donating to the tsunami victims? Get on the right side of the fence and stay there.