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June 16, 2005
Because I Do Think, Sometimes

I get this. Really I do, and it moved me.

I think about these things.

I think about the potential for freedom for Iraq's people. I think about the potential of a free world.

And I think about the price that has to be paid for freedom. The problem is that part of that price must come from those who want to be free and we have no way of knowing just how many Iraqis are really willing to pay that price. It seems to me that if people want to be free, if they're willing to fight and maybe die to be free, the appropriate thing to do would be to let them make that decision, wouldn't it?

A civil war is brewing in Iraq and it doesn't seem to promise anything but years of pain and death and suffering for the Iraqis, so what has this invasion to do with "bringing freedom" anyhow?

This is the wrong war at the wrong time being fought in the wrong way.

The people of Iraq, many of whose lives weren't that wonderful to begin with, are paying the price of our arrogant, decision to turn their country into a battleground. We deliberately turned Iraq into a lightning rod for Middle East terrorist groups, in a selfish desire to keep them away from USofA soil.

It was the thought of our government that they'd rather fight an all-out war on someone else's soil. I understand that. I really do.

But where is it written that it's our choice to pick a country we don't like and to decide to turn it into a battleground? What gives us the right?

Nothing gives us the right, okay? This invasion was unconscionable.

The Iraqi people weren't consulted. They didn't get a vote. They don't have a choice. And they're dying by the thousands.

We had the option. We had a choice. And we chose to invade their country and kill tens of thousands of them.

It's just wrong.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:58 AM


Saw you as part of the Downing Memo roundup
thing at The Common Ills and felt your quote made a great deal of sense. Thanks for exploring the topic.

Posted by: Ben at June 17, 2005 09:13 AM

Exactly so, Anne. If the Bush administration had actually wanted to help Iraqis obtain their freedom, rather than just using that as a line and a lie in the service of their real goals, there are so many ways they could have gone about it that didn't involve, you know, killing the people they purported to want to free.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at June 17, 2005 04:18 PM

Even if the Bush Administration had just been interesting in actually establishing a "democratic" toehold in the Middle East, they'd have done much better to have stayed with Afghanistan, a country that actually did welcome us and one that was ripe for some real reform.


Posted by: Anne at June 17, 2005 07:21 PM

By the way, Ben, thank you.

Posted by: Anne at June 17, 2005 07:21 PM

Well said. You're a smart woman.

Posted by: Martha at June 18, 2005 08:31 AM