Iraq

What’s Wrong with Looting? It’s the American Way!

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Responding to the massive looting committed by Iraqis as part of their newly found “freedom,” Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld observed, “Stuff happens. It’s untidy. And freedom’s untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.” The reason for his indifference is simple: ... [click for more]

A Stupid War

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President Bush and his allies claimed emphatically during the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein was an evil madman in possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), requiring an immediate preemptive invasion to topple his dictatorial regime and avert a nuclear, biological, or chemical ... [click for more]

Drunk with Power

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Following the inevitable victory of allied military power over Iraq’s decrepit army, White House officials were hesitant to express too much jubilation, lest their reaction be thought to lack seemly restraint. As buildings burned and children died, apparently they saw wisdom in a muted celebration. “Administration officials ... [click for more]

We Want to Free You . . . but Just Dont Come Here

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Amidst all the U.S. government outrage over Fidel Castro's tyrannical treatment of Cuban citizens, U.S. officials unfortunately remain steadfastly committed to working with Castro to forcibly repatriate Cuban refugees back into Castro's communist tyranny. For that matter, how many U.S. officials who are now claiming to have had a longtime, heartfelt urge to free the ... [click for more]

The Moral Cost of Liberating Iraq

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During the three weeks of the war on Iraq, Americans seemed to have been discomforted by accounts of Iraqis killed or injured, including both enemy soldiers and civilians. Perhaps that’s why the U.S. television networks, which provided around-the-clock coverage, scrupulously avoided exposing viewers to those gruesome scenes. ... [click for more]

The Costs of War and Some Who Benefit

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War is never profitable for either the victor or the vanquished nation. It imposes various costs on the people of the combatant nations. First, and most obvious, war costs some of them their lives and leaves others permanently crippled and incapacitated. They are the victims on both sides whose ... [click for more]

How to Free the Iraqis

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In terms of the sheer image, no freedom lover could help but be moved by the scenes of Iraqis stomping on the fallen statue of the vicious dictator Saddam Hussein. Whether or not one thinks the U.S. government should have invaded Iraq (I believe it was an unconstitutional action), ... [click for more]

Does the End Justify the Means?

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When I saw Iraqis in Baghdad celebrating the downfall of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial regime, I could not help but jump for joy along with them. Only a heartless soul could watch the statue of Saddam Hussein come down in the middle of Baghdad and not be moved by the jubilant crowd ... [click for more]

What If Democracy “Fails”?

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Since the “justification” for war in Iraq noticeably shifted from ridding Saddam Hussein’s regime of its alleged cache of weapons of mass destruction, to liberating the Iraqis from an evil dictator and bringing democracy to a subjugated country, a hypothetical question arises: What if democracy “fails”? For months U.S. government ... [click for more]
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