Granted, but how is this relevant to Iraq?
At the very least, we would trade in Saddam for someone just as mean, who’s loyal to us for the time being. It’ll at least buy us time. And I think it’s highly unlikely that we’d have to settle for this. Our plans are to institute democracy, even if only gradually.
Forceable regime change in Iraq will give us more leverage with the governments of the surrounding nations. The people may not like us, and we may even see a short-term rise in al Qaeda recruitment (though I’m skeptical), but instituting democracy in Iraq is a first step towards democracizing (is that a word?) the entire region.
Why? Even if war is perfectly justified, you’d rather wait until someone else is in power, because you have a personal beef against Bush? Or did you mean something less asinine than what I interpreted?
I hereby assure you that it won’t. If it does, I will eat my hat. Nobody on either the left or the right would seriously propose this. The few on the left who have proposed have done so only to try to scare the public into opposing the war. A pretty crappy tactic, I might add.
Fair enough, but this is A.) a long term goal, and not one that can be realized any time soon, and B.) irrelevent to the case of Iraq. Unless you’re one of those “No War For Oil” people?
Fine, but again - irrelevent.
If war is the morally correct thing to do, does it become less morally correct because France is afraid of losing money on its Iraqi oil contracts? Because Russia is afraid of the same? Because China (China! the ones who imprison people for worshipping without a license!), Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia! the ones who fund terrorism!), Iran (who desperately fears having a democracy this close to home, giving its already-agitated people unpleasant ideas about things like “freedom”) and others like them question the morality of it? Can you name some countries who you would like to have the support of, and why you feel their support is important?
I would like that, too. I predict the case will be made right before Bush announces his intention to go to war.