Spanish Town, Jamaica
Unfortunately, I only read all of this discourse today when I guess everyone would probably have moved on. I thought of not bothering to add my 2 cents worth but then again...
It is my view (however limited you may think it) that war with all the consequences that flow from it, should be avoided at all costs. There is no such thing as a "Good War". War brings only death, pain, and suffering to too many (including, too often, the victors). SOmeone once said, and I have always believed that, 'all wars, are ultimately settled, and peace restored, around a table'. Now I took the time to read all that was said, on both sides of the subject, about the American 'intevention' in Iraq. What was immediately obvious (and not surprising), is that the American people have become divided on this issue to the everlasting credit of one G.W. Bush. That, I believe is one fallout of the war which is most regrettable. But, to me , the most horrible thing about the whole matter, is the manner in which the whole world has been divided. Now I don't know, maybe there are those who think that this price is one which is acceptable. I cannot join in that belief. My opnion is that the manner in which the nation of France has been vilified is absolutely disgusting. Too many seem to forget that the most recognisable symbol of American democracy, freedom, and goodwill, the Statue of Liberty, was a gift from France. At one point I started to wonder if you were going to send it back.
There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant. In fact I have taken to calling him "Madman Insane". But I am having a problem with seeing how killing thousands of innocent Iraquis in the name of 'Liberating' them, makes sense. I do not agree that the world did/does not care about all the people who have suffered and died at Saddams hands. I just think that given the dynamics of the situation, a war was not absolutely necessary at this time. The relative ease with which the US army has been able to lay seige to Iraq, suggests to me that the sanctions, Inspectors, and diplomatic methods which have been used over the last 12 years have been more effective than we were led to believe. As for the Iraqui people themselves, I hope everyone realise that there can be no way that these people could ever love what has been happening to them since March 19. Let's face it: It's one thing to lose thousands of your countrymen in a war where the people themselves are fighting for liberty or some other cause (The war between the States, and the war with Britain in America come to mind) but it is a totally different thing when an outsider who is already viewed with fear, resentment, and suspicion, causes your countrymen to die in the name of "Liberating You".
This is why I believe that history will judge The USA harshly when the issue of this war is considered. The fact is that the Iraqui people would have more easily accepted a war which had the full backing of the United Nations. In this matter, I think Bush, Rumsfeld, and company erred mightily. I also believe that America, will be regretting this blunder long after the aforementioned gentlemen are gone. It is said that "uneasily lies the head that wears the crown" America is the leader of the free world as we are so often reminded. But there is a thin line between love and hate and I think that this war might have caused a shift of troubling proportions.
Of course, you could (to your detriment) tell yourselves that you are strong enough, rich enough, powerful enough, and armed enough, to say "to hell with the rest of the world". That would be an even bigger mistake. When all is said and done, the world needs America, but America also needs the world. Imagine what this most wonderful country of yours would have been without the manifestation of those powerful words written on the Statue of Liberty. In the end, it can only be true that war is bad, and a war started and fought on an apparently shaky basis can only be worse. I am not a protester in the true sense of the word but I am totally against this war, given the way your country has gone about it. I have two cousins in the US army and they (Jamaican born, like Colin Powell, who we Jamaicans are so proud of) are in Iraq maybe giving thier lives for your country. I am proud of them, but my heart aches when I think of all these young men and women who will be fighting a war which was avoidable.
[This message has been edited by morefiah (04-02-2003 12:56 PM).]