Here is a comment I left in response to the discussion after my recent post at No War Blog. (Of course, edited to make me look better.)
“Miltiades” is an Iraqi-American who left comments arguing that the war is good because it gets rid of Saddam:
DO NOT TELL TO ME WHAT OUR PEOPLES HURT CAUSED FROM IF YOU DO NOT LIVE THERE! I KNOW I SAY I SPEAK NO MORE. YOU ASUME YOU KNOW IRAQ. YOU DO NOT KNOW. SADDAM HAS KILLED MUCH PEOPLES IN IRAQ NOT AMERICA. AMERICA DID NOT TAKE OIL FIRST TIME AND I DO NOT THINK THEY TAKE OIL THIS TIME. MAKE NO MISTAKE SADDAM HUSSEIN IS VERY VERY EVIL MAN. HE CARES NOT FOR THE PEOPLES OF IRAQ ONLY HIS OWN POWER. IF YOU ARE NOT BORN IN IRAQ DO NOT TELL ME WHAT IRAQ IS LIKE AND WHO KILLS. LETTING SADDAM HUSSEIN STAY WILL ONLY CONTINUE IRAQI SUFERING. MY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SUFERING TO LONG. AMERICANS ARE ENDING SUFERING. MY FAMILY SAYS THIS TO ME. I DO NOT CARE WHO SADDAM WORKED FOR BEFORE KILLING IRAQI PEOPLES. INTERNET WILL TELL YOU ALL YOU WANT EVEN LIES. NO POLITICIAN IS ALL HONEST. THAT IS WHY I AM NO POLITICIAN. DO NOT TELL ME ABOUT MY HOME IF YOU HAVE NOT LIVED THERE. THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY NOW. THANK YOU FOR CHANCE TO SAY THESE WORDS.
Miltiades has a point. The “liberate the people of Iraq” justification for the war might have only come along recently, and is only a pretext for something they were going to do anyway (or perhaps we would have heard about it sooner than March), but it is VERY powerful. The focus groups that came up with this did their job well. Good work, General Rove!
No one can disagree that getting rid of Saddam Hussein is a good outcome of this war. It is almost worth the war all by itself. But it is not worth destroying the entire structure of international law, the UN, NATO, as well as the relationships between the U.S. and the rest of the world, radicalizing Muslims and increasing the terrorist threat worldwide, along with all the other consequences of the war as conducted by Bush.
Of course, if you look at the outcome of our adventure in Afghanistan, you see that the slogan and the actual intentions are not related in any way. In fact, in his last budget Bush included ZERO dollars for rebuilding Afghanistan and working toward a democratic government. He just ignored Afghanistan and everything he had promised and got away with it.
But, again, getting rid of Saddam WILL be one outcome of this war, and people like Miltiades and his family will benefit from this no matter what comes next (assuming his family isn’t bombed before the war ends.)
And I only wish him the best!