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Saturday, April 09, 2005

That's Exactly How I Feel

This article, sent to me by my friend Martha, explains exactly why I don't like the Iraq war. It's just so on the mark that nothing I can say would add to it.


qwerty said...

Kathy, I was reading very carefully your comments because I am very interested in the opinion of the middle americans about their countrys foreign policy. Let me put it clear, I live in a third world country, this country used to be rich, but not anymore. We are plunging down into misery. All is caused by corrupt politicians in a corrupt pseudodemocracy ruled by crooks and criminals. Let me say that if your Marines come here to sacked them all out and let us start all over again i would be very happy. I can be imprisoned for write something like this. Kathy, maybe you dont know much of the world outside the US, the funny thing is that some of the US opinions are misguided by the Western media. Iraq is better without Saddam. Argentina, my country, would be better without the fascist peronist country ruling our destinys for the last 60 years.
Yours, sincerely

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Hmm . . . where to begin?

I'm sure that corrupt politicians are causing a great deal of misery in Argentina. And Argentina would likely be better off without them. But the U.S. has a very poor record for pleasing the people of any country in which it has installed its own puppet. Saddam was once a friend of U.S. politicans—and the U.S. helped put him in power in the first place. Knowing that, are you sure you'd like the leader the U.S. government would choose for Argentina?

Yes, Iraq is better off without Saddam, but it wouldn't have had to deal with him in the first place if the U.S. hadn't put him there. And George Bush told Americans that our military was going in to keep the U.S. safe. From what? Iraq hadn't attacked the U.S.

The U.S. shouldn't be setting itself up as the police force of the world. Who are we, as a nation, to complain about other nations' nuclear weapon capabilities? We have nuclear weapons of our own. And if Bush and his minions continue on the path they're on, they may just decide that the U.S. should use those weapons on other countries.

Almost 400 Venezuelan journalists signed a statement in March 2005 accusing the U.S. government of a campaign to prepare the way for a U.S. military attack on oil-rich Venezuela (see this report).

God forbid that Bush decides Argentina is part of the "axis of evil"—or that he wants its offshore deposits of petroleum and natural gas.

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