Saturday, September 11, 2004

Why I believe the liberation of Iraq was just

OK, I have received a few messages stating that my support of the Iraqi liberation some how meant that I was happy about the loss of 1,000 U.S. service people. Also, how could I support the wasting of 200 billion dollars when that money could go to job creation?


Iraqi Mass Graves

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200 billion is about 0.002% of what we spend on social programs. It's 1 cent for every $5 we spend on entitlement programs, 1 cent. It's not even a ripple in our budget. Furthermore, anytime you spend money, it drives the economy and gives people JOBS. That 200 billion wasn't burnt in a pit, it was spent on goods and services. Good and services that can only be produced by people, people with JOBS.

Just like I believe the loss of life to stop Hitler was more then worth it. Or the loss of life to stop fascism was more then worth it. Or the loss of life to declare independence from King George was more then worth it. The loss of life to liberate 25 million people, to prevent another 300,000 bodies in mass graves (many of them children), and to bring the stabilizing force of representive government to a region torn my conflict the past three-thousand years; is more then worth it.

Or, as Democratic Senator Bob Kerry articulated it:
“I think [Iraq is] going well. It breaks my heart whenever anybody dies, but we liberated 25 million people who were living under a dictator. It puts us on the side of democracy in the Arab world. Twenty years from now, we'll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says it wasn't worth the effort.”
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In the last three years:
• The Taliban regime is no longer in power in Afghanistan.
• Osama bin Laden is clearly on the run.
• Saddam Hussein is in jail, soon to be on trial.
• His sons, Uday and Qusay, are dead.
• The people of Iraq are forming a representative government that will not threaten their people or their region or the world.
• The United States and the United Kingdom have shut down the clandestine network that had provided nuclear technologies to Libya, Iran, North Korea and possibly other nations.
• Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi has given up his nuclear weapons program.
• Pakistan, which once supported the Taliban, is today our strong ally against terrorism.

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