Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Okay, hush. I didn't see a lot that needed to be commented on but I'll give you my thoughts...
"I think it's (saving the Iraqi people) being used to distract from the main issues at hand..."
...you don't say what the "main issues" you refer to..are.
"My moral authority qualm here is based on the issue I brought up eariler. What gives us (as America) the moral authority to intervene based on human rights when we allow, and even foster exploitation overseas by our own corporations? Just as the protestors can't have their cake and eat it too, an economically controlled democracy can't plead human rights when it serves their purpose (be it economic, strategic, or moral) and ignore them when it suits American business. "
Which overseas exploitation by our corporations are you referring to? Where are we ignoring human rights when it suits our purpose? It's very easy to pen sentences like that to sound good but they are worthless without examples. Besides, if I agree (which I have) that there are shameful things in America's past, does that mean we are excluded from moral actions? Because Italy had Mussolini does that mean they will never be recognized as being able to able act in a moral way? We can say that about every country or government in the world. I think it's silly to say that, since we mistreated the Indians over a century ago, we can't take any action we call moralistic because of it. Yet, by your examples, that is what you are saying.
"and yet, we feel that we don't have to listen (and *gasp* maybe even concede to) the majority because we have moral conviction, personal interests, and, most of all, strength, on our side. What kind of democracy is that? "
hush, you feel that the majority should rule simply because it is the majority? If you have an important decision to make regarding your family or life do you take a poll of the neighborhood and go by whatever they say simply based on their numbers? I hope not! You are stating one of the reasons why I hold our current administration in such high regards. Against world-wide protest they are holding their position and are not being influenced not to continue doing what they feel is right. That's what gets my respect....not someone who would bow down to majority's will if they felt it less of a hassle to do so. No, it's not democratic. America was not created as a democratic country. It was created to be a republic. A true democracy would never work in any country. Since there is always a large difference in percentage between the haves and have-nots, in a true democracy (one person, one vote) the have-nots would always be voting against the haves...and winning. It would be chaotic. We have democracy to the point where we elect our representatives and leaders. After that we are represented by the leaders we have placed there. We have given them the power to act in our bests interests. We don't get to raise our hands and vote on every decision that comes up. Is that the democracy you want? I doubt it..
If you have any facts, I'll be glad to hear them. SImply to have an "uneasy feeling" or "suspicion that there are hidden agendas" is not enough. We ALL have uneasy feelings. Nobody likes war. I hate to see some of the things I am seeing on tv and I would like for everything to be happy and peaceful with no killings and people's rights being respected. Was it like that before the war began? Nope, but it was easier for us to ignore then, wasn't it?
Yes, you began your other response with a cheap shot and then followed with another. The interesting thing is that, even acknowledging that it WAS a cheap shot, you posted it anyway. Ask yourself why....