I am one of the few left in this country that actually believes what the government is trying to do. President Bush is not going after oil reserves. We aren’t suffering egregious prices, or a lack of supply at all. If this was China, that would be a different story altogether.
But since we live in a representative democracy, and not an entirely different government, it seems to me that the choices that are being made are done so by our own representatives. Sounds simple, you say? Of course.
The war on terrorism is all about eliminating the threat of regimes all over the world. Why are the muslim terrorist groups being targeted? Because they are our biggest threat right now. Sure, the US has been known to be the “Policeman of the World” from time to time, but we still have to put our own interests first. After the atrocities that terrorists have inflicted on the US, both in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and many of the foreign embassies and properties over the years (USS Cole, 2000), we are protecting the interests of our own. Secondarily, we are protecting the cause of freedom.
I believe it was John Locke who first expressed that we all had certain rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and the ownership of property. Of course, Thomas Jefferson went with that type of idea in our very own Constitution.
This whole war may be considered just a way to make the US have much more lenience on deciding their enemies, but I assure you that it is not just circumstantial evidence, such as “you support our enemies”. The US is doing its best to act on hard information, and not just hearsay. Weapons inspectors, for example. The US is not going to go into Iraq and demolish everything if they have no good cause. If we can prove beyond reasonable doubt, then I say bomb the SOB’s. Until then, we have to figure out what exactly the situation is.
Could it be that we are targetting Iraq because of Saddam’s track record? That in the 80’s he gassed thousands upon thousands of his own people, the Kurds? Could it be that we do not want an enemy of ours joining with another enemy (Al Qaeda?)
I think that whether we like it or not, we are going to war with Iraq, and anyone else who stands in the way of freedom and democracy.