Is it really so difficult to see that American foreign policy matters? You know, I have a pretty good idea of why you think socialists and fascists are controlling things because I read the same article. I forget where it was, but it had very little to do with protests in Japan, Australia (an interesting shift there though), Turkey, Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, etc.
Not difficult at all, Brad, and while I concede that some of our foreign policies may not help us in the world arena, I just donít see foreign policy matters as the main thrust behind the current anti-American trend. Iíve read several articles concerning various organizations behind many of the more publicized protests, and I believe that these organizations are utilizing the war to foster their anti-American agenda. Iím sure that there are those who are protesting the war who have no other motive than that they are against the war. I can respect that type of protest.
But you also state that the majority of American people support the war. Why can't they be brainwashed in the other direction, why can't they be whipped into a frenzy of pro-war/anti-Iraq feeling.
Why not you? Why not I?
What is so special about them (or you or me) that they can't be manipulated by the media as well?
We are all capable of being influenced, and we are each responsible to study out the issues and come to our own conclusions.
I support this war, I like the idea of getting rid of Hussein, but, really, was their an immediate threat here? I believe it is the right thing to do, but what happened except a gradual campaign that began a year ago to focus attention on Iraq. What has happened other than Bush and company talking about Iraq?
Well, Brad, who knows? I guess that depends on what one means by immediate threat. No doubt he posed/poses a threat, a threat made more real to many of us by the events of 911. We can no longer take comfort in the fact that we are surrounded by oceans and separated by continents from fanatics and tyrants. Our complacency is gone forever. For our own survival we cannot afford to take a threat lightly, or hope that a continual policy of appeasement is in the best interests of any free society.
Those protesting war have an event to point to, the invasion/liberation of Iraq. They have repeated examples of a Bush administration renouncing international treaties (the ABM missile treaty), of ignoring international concerns (the Kyoto protocols), and questioning the integrity of international organizations (its resistance to the International Court of Justice). It's hard not to see America thumbing its nose at the UN as Bush said that the very relevance of that organization is put in question when it doesn't do what he wants uh, er, the right thing.
But what do we have to point to in the last year or so?
Again, I would point to 911, in that it changed the way most Americans view their vulnerability to harm from terrorists, state sponsored and otherwise.
I believe that the UN made itself irrelevant when it consistently failed to follow through on the Saddam issue.
After seeing how the UN has handled other issues, Iím sure glad the President resisted our becoming subject to an International Court of Justice. Imperfect as it may be, I would feel much safer under the U.S. system. I'll have to study out the other issues before giving my opinion on them.