We have been getting a lot of interesting mail from readers these last couple of weeks on the subject of Iraq. Much of it has been sub-literate but fun to read. Some of it has been down right lucid, but much of it has been confused. A nice man named Dwain has written to me today and is neither sub-literate nor Lucid!
Here follows a dialogue of sorts: You may find Dwain's comments in italics...
What will be the "line" when Iraq turns out to be a success? When Bush has proven to be the best thing that ever happened to the US? That great leadership means sacrifice? Will you change you mind, or are you so ideologically liberal that the thought of a Republican running the country overrides your better judgment.
I quite like Abraham Lincoln AND Theodore Roosevelt. I will be very happy if Bush becomes good for America; however, I think that seriously unlikely. The Bush administration have cut taxes for big business and the wealthiest 1% of Americans and have reversed a budget surplus and created by far the biggest budget deficit in history. This is NOT fiscally conservative nor is it very good for America.
I would like, for once, to see a liberal actually propose a good idea in solving the terrorist threat to this nation. Is Howard Dean the best you have? Say hello to George for 4 more years, until you people can get your act and a couple of original ideas together. This constant wailing and gnashing of teeth gets real tiring.
I'm tired of it as well. But I'm not much of a party man myself and I'm not sure if the Dems can do better than Dean. However, we might consider that we do nothing to lesson the terrorist threat supporting oppressive Middle Eastern governments. The Saudis are George Bush's friends... and every terrorist taking part in the September 11 massacre was a Saudi Citizen.. A lot of the current war on terrorism is unguided and based on the premise that "we must do something" even if that something means eroding our own liberty or increasing the chance of other terrorist attacks on America.
The plan is to bring democracy to the Middle East. Once done, Iraq will be the New York of the Middle East, free trade, capitalism and freedom. This “example” is the way to allow the Arab people a symbol to look to. Watch how quickly Iran, Syria, and maybe even Saudi Arabia change. I feel safe in New York right now, because of these actions, and believe this is the right way to approach the terrorist problem. The root of the problem is the l;ack of hope, and in giving hope, America will be proven to be the liberators of the world.
This is a nice plan... and I'd love to see it work so I'll be watching. The Bush doctrine seems to be "Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard." Well we are really giving it to them. So far the conservative accounts of the civilian death toll in Iraq put the number of deaths at between 5,000 and 10,000. The war in Iraq and the occupation is doing a lot for the terrorist recruitment effort.
Dwain, I'm happy you feel safer. I do not. I feel that it is totally unsafe for me to travel to the Middle East, Turkey, or North Africa because I hold an American passport. At home, we have quietly (with neither bang nor whimper) given up much of our basic freedom and liberty by passing the Patriot Act and other terrible laws. Many parts of this sweeping legislation take away checks on law enforcement and threaten the very rights and freedoms that we are struggling to protect. For example, without a warrant and without probable cause, the FBI now has the power to access your most private medical records, your library records, and your student records... and can prevent anyone from telling you it was done.