Why We Fight The War On Terror!

Since the days of Saint Augustine, theologians, and intellectuals have debated the Just War Doctrine.  It would seem clear, simply from the fact that this discussion has lasted so long, that wars based on aggression or greed would not be considered just wars.  America has never waged an aggressive war based on greed or avarice. Prior to World War II, Franklin Roosevelt stated that America hated war. America hopes for peace. So if we go to war, we want to be sure the cause is just.  Our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq meets the criteria of a just war, a war fought for the sake of enduring human values.  This war that we have been forced to fight is about ideology … not terrain … or even oil.

Many Americans like to pretend this war on terror began on September 11, 2001. However, the Fascist Islamic Fundamentalists declared war on us way before 9/11, and they have shown us time and time again who they are and why they must be stopped.Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda have been waging a war against the United States for many years.  On November 5, 1998, Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda were indicted in a Manhattan courthouse for conspiring to attack U.S. facilities overseas and to kill American citizens.  It was found then that he and Al-Qaeda had attempted to obtain components to nuclear weapons and chemical weapons as far back as 1993.  Contrary to the popular myths spun in our left-wing media outlets, it was also found that Al-Qaeda had forged an alliance with the government of Iran, and had also reached an agreement with Saddam Hussein himself in regards to weapons development.

Here are just a few of the many other examples to illustrate the kind of brutal and barbaric enemy we are up against:

November 4, 1979: Fifty-two American citizens were taken hostage when militant students of radical Islam stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.  After 444 days in captivity, they were released when Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980.

December 12, 1983: Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait by an Iranian backed group called Al Dawa or “The Call.” Six people were killed and 80 more were injured.

March 16, 1984: Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon.

December 1985: Simultaneous suicide attacks are carried out against U.S. and Israeli check-in desks at Rome and Vienna international airports. 20 people are killed in the two attacks.

April 5, 1986: A bomb destroys the LaBelle discotheque in West Berlin.  The discotheque was known to be often frequented by U.S. serviceman.  This attack killed one American and one German, and wounded 150, including 44 Americans.

August 7, 1998:  Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is injured among the 10 killed and 77 injured.


October 12, 2000:  A terrorist bomb badly damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and wounding 39 more.

September 11, 2001: Nineteen terrorists with known ties to Al-Qaeda hijacked four U.S. airliners and flew two of them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  The fourth, also on its way toward Washington, D.C. crashed into a field near Shanksville, PA when courageous Americans tried to retake the hijacked airliner from the terrorists. Over 5,000 innocent civilians were killed in New York City, as many as 200 were killed at the Pentagon site, and 45 were killed at the Shanksville site.

January 23, 2002: Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and murdered on video by an Islamic group in Pakistan. His grave was found near Karachi on May 16.

Tom Fox: In 2005 terrorists group in Iraq calling themselves the Swords of the Righteousness Brigade took four Western peace activists hostage. Tom Fox, a fifty-four-year-old American with a group called Christian Peacemaker Teams was tied up and shot in the head.  His body was dumped near a railroad in Baghdad. When his body was recovered, it clearly showed that this peace activist had been badly tortured before somebody put a bullet in his brain.  What is righteous about that?

Nick Berg: Nick Berg was an American contractor in his mid-thirties working to help rebuild Iraq’s telecommunications infrastructure.  Captured by terrorists, he was brought in front of a video camera and pinned him down while Abu Musab al-Zarqawi cut off is head.  This was a heinous act stemming from a brutal belief system with absolutely no redeeming qualities!

Today’s extreme Muslim fundamentalist ardently believes that Allah has all the answers; therefore, they do not need Western science. While the modern world moves forward, they remain mired in their barbaric self-imposed Dark Ages.  They are true believers. And … to an Islamic terrorist, the thought of dying for Allah and getting the chance to make it with seventy-two virgins would probably seem more appealing than real life. Especially if he takes enough infidels with him … then he will become a real hero. He will be honored, and his family will be well looked after financially by friends, neighbors and, oh yeah, Saddam Hussein … were he still around.

Fighting such a war requires that we know who we are and what we stand for.  I believe that most Americans, with the exception of a few self-loathing left-wing liberals, still know what this country stands for. Throughout our country’s history, American soldiers have fought and died around the globe to protect the basic human rights mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. The United States did not invent these rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; these certain, unalienable rights were not granted to us by our government.  According to our Founding Fathers and Thomas Jefferson, God granted them to us.  Yes, I know … in certain privileged politically correct circles, it has become insulting to point out the source of these rights.

Many people have argued that Iraq posed no threat to our national security. I think those people have either a very poor, or a selective, memory. I see very little difference between Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden and three of the twentieth century’s most evil and bloodiest despots, Adolph Hitler, Pol Pot, and Joseph Stalin.  I also see little difference between Nazism, Communism and Islamic fascism.  The murderous and thankfully, now overthrown, Saddam Hussein made it very clear that he was an enemy of the United States, his neighbors, and even other Iraqis.

If we had never gone into Iraq, Saddam Hussein would still be in power, and he would still be killing anyone who dared to disagree with him.  Kurds, if they didn’t tow the line, would still be gassed, their bodies left in the street where they had fallen, as a stark reminder to all the other “traitors” that the price of defiance is an ugly death. Saddam’s loyal minions would still be rounding up “troublemakers” by the hundreds … men, women, even young children … blindfolding them, executing them, and then dumping their bodies in unmarked mass graves. “Enemies of the state” would still be tortured (and not simply with water boarding) till they confessed to what ever was needed. Saddam’s “special police” would still be raping Iraqi women to extract information from their “suspect” husbands. Let us also not forget the special fund Saddam Hussein set up to support the families of martyred suicide bombers. You know, I kind of think that Saddam Hussein would qualify as a weapon of mass destruction himself.

It is hard to imagine that our liberal left-wingers, being such staunch supporters of human rights, would ever be willing to look the other way and ignore the humanitarian aspect of this war in Iraq.And rest assured, Iraq would be working hard to build a nuclear bomb.  Saddam would never sit back and allow Iran to have the only Muslim-held bomb in the Middle East.  The United States would then have not one, but two radical Muslim countries armed with nuclear weapons to contend with.  In fact, Saddam Hussein might already have had a nuclear weapon if not for the Israelis, who in 1981, had the courage to blow up the nuclear reactor France was busy building for him.

Some Democrats like to compare the war in Iraq to the war in Vietnam. We have heard it again and again.  Iraq is a new Vietnam. In one aspect, they may actually be right.  This may become a self-fulfilling prophecy; especially if they actually get their way.  Remember how Liberal Democrats were overjoyed when American forces were pulled out of Vietnam.  They had won their battle for peace.  However, they remained strangely silent and looked the other way while almost a million South Vietnamese were tortured and murdered, or died in “reeducation camps.” Many perished at sea in a last desperate bid to gain freedom.

I suspect that some of today’s liberal democrats will be just as silent if, on their timetable, we leave Iraq too soon, and the Taliban and Al-Qaeda turn the Middle East region into another giant killing field.  Rest assured, the liberal democrats will act as if they had nothing to do with it.  They will either pretend not to notice the bloodbath … or will conveniently blame it all on George Bush.

It is one thing to be against the war, it something else entirely to be against your own Country. I admit America is not perfect, but it is certainly not evil!  It is not “American imperialism” that sends our soldiers, sailors, and airman into harms way.  Does anyone honestly believe that our government had any plans for Afghanistan prior to 9/11.  Well, we did try to help them kick the invading Russians out of their country.

Certainly, the United States has a vast presence in the world today. People everywhere buy music and videos by new American artists.  As bad as most of them are, it still doesn’t justify suicide bombers … does it?  Nike, McDonalds, Starbucks, Time Warner and other similar multinational companies take a little bit of America with them when they open shop in other countries.  Is that American Imperialism? Don’t we have Toyota, Honda, and Nissan plants in our country! Don’t we have Chinese restaurants, Japanese steakhouses, or Italian restaurants? Is this imperialism?  Critics say that American financial institutions are merely an extension of American imperialism, but aren’t the Chinese happy to buy up American debt?  Is this American imperialism or is it merely a global economy?  Wake up and smell the twenty-first century!

Some countries export terrorism and fear.  America exports freedom and liberty.  And … sometimes we must take up arms to defend that liberty.  That is why we intervened in Bosnia and Kosovo.  That is why we tried, somewhat feebly, to intervene in Rwanda.  And that is why we would also be justified to intervene in Darfur.  We have never in our history entered a country as a conquering force, to occupy, or to colonize.  In World War II, we invaded France to end the German occupation.  All we asked for in return was a place to bury our dead servicemen.

Most American’s, I hope, realize that we are in a struggle we did not choose, against one of the most brutal enemies our nation has ever faced.  But there are always a few idiots that believe that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were something we deserved, or … the “chickens coming home to roost!”  This is a shallow, thoughtless reaction to what occurred on that day.  Suppose the United States did have a horrible foreign policy; that still does not justify hijacking civilian airliners and flying them into buildings filled with civilians. It is an intellectually bankrupt response that ignores the facts!  The terrorists who hijacked those planes on 9/11 were not downtrodden members of a society enslaved by American imperialism.  They were middle-class, well-educated Islamic religious zealots.  Osama bin Laden was a millionaire. America never colonized the Middle East.  We didn’t pull out when colonialism became unsustainable after World War I.  We didn’t leave a mess of impoverished artificially created nation-states.  Actually … we have Europe to thank for that!

Contrary to popular myth, we also did not act unilaterally.  As of August 23, 2006, there were troops from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Romania, South Korea, and the United Kingdom helping in Iraq.  Some nations, like Japan, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Thailand, Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Norway had soldiers in Iraq, but have since withdrawn them.   Spain had troops in Iraq until the terrorists scared them off by blowing up one of their trains.

What disgusts me most is the lack of support from countries like France and Germany.  France and Germany both jumped on the anti-American bandwagon saying that we, the United States, were the bad guys in the world.  They claimed that our power and our ideas are selfish and inherently evil.  Of course, the self-loathing left-wing liberals loved every minute of it.

However … it is complete disingenuous.  The French have made quite a practice of sticking it to the United States.  This is after we have saved their butts in not one, but two world wars.  This is the same France that, in 1981, was building Saddam Hussein a nuclear reactor, and the same enlightened France that now has impoverished Muslims rioting in their housing projects.  I wonder how much of France and Germany’s anti-American rhetoric was actually based on real deeply-felt anti-Americanism and how much was based on the lucrative trade deals those countries had signed with Saddam Hussein.  In 2001, France was Iraq’s number one trading partner and France’s largest oil company, Total Fina Elf, had signed extensive oil contracts with Saddam Hussein worth about $650 billion.  Direct trade between Germany and Iraq amounted to about $350 million annually and Saddam Hussein had ordered Iraqi domestic business to show preference to German companies as a reward for Germany’s “firm positive stand in rejecting the launching of a military attack against Iraq.”

Who is fooling who?

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13 thoughts on “Why We Fight The War On Terror!”

  1. What do you think of China … in say… 20 to 30 years?

    Toss in Sino – Indian military cooperation ( billions and billions of soldiers ) yes… you got that right …. with a ” B”

    what do you think of Russia’s energy reserves in cooperation with Asian growth?

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    Currently, there are 499,000 active duty Army troops, backed up by 700,000 National Guard and Army reservists. That’s a third less than when the U.S. fought its last big war in the Persian Gulf, in 1991;
    130,000 Army troops are in Iraq. Pentagon officials had hoped to reduce that number, but the ongoing insurgency prevented it; 9,000 Army troops are in Afghanistan; 3,000 help keep the peace in Bosnia, as do 37,000 in South Korea.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/military/jan-june04/army_1-13.html

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    Throw in a conflict with Iran, disruption in Pakistan, and maybe a little spat between Israel and Syria….. and tell me exactly “mr this is why we fight the war on terrorism” … exactly how much SPREADING OF DEMOCRACY do you think we can sustain.

    let me think now…. if we are all “fighting them SOB islamo-facists” over there.. so we don’t have to fight them here….. Exactly who is going to secure OUR BORDERS!!!!

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    Here’s my problem with your regurgitated flag waving, spirited NEOCON half baked Bush Doctrine…..

    It leaves us STRATEGICALLY exposed and wide open on our borders. That is NOT a wise military strategy. Like it or not the world is full of “bad guys” – and unless you plan on taking on the following countries… I suggest you rethink your insanity

    PAKISTAN
    IRAN
    SYRIA
    CHINA
    RUSSIA
    SUDAN
    KENYA
    SERBIA
    SAUDI ARABIA
    VENEZUELA

    should I go on…..

    Multiply just this small list by say… 100,000 to effectively “democratize” all of them.. and well……… ooooops.

    no problem you say… ok…. DRAFT…!!! UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU!!!!

    fine…

    lets take on all of the Arab world. Population 1.4 BILLION. well.. that is kindof like 5 times the population of the United States including every man woman child and disabled person.. ( oh.. don’t forget the 12million illegal aliens not counted … right right)

    So you go on ahead…. lift your leg…. thump your chest…. howl at the moon…. bark into the darkness of unending war….

    The rest of us will vote for someone else this election thank you!!!!

  2. Thank you for your response.

    While we certainly have other concerns, including protecting our borders, building strong alliances for the future with nations dedicated to democratic government, and modernizing and strengthening our military, we cannot afford to sit back and let extreme Islamic fundamentalist terrorists wage war on the United states and the Western world.

    Even if you think negotiation is the answer, and I am pretty sure Osama bin Laden is not going to participate in any meaningful negotiations, you cannot effectively negotiate from a position of weakness. Most of the countries on your list, with the exception of Russia, pose little threat to the United States. Hopefully, as trade relations improve with China, we can move beyond considering them an threat

    So I guess your answer is to run up the white flag and surrender to Al-Qaeda. I certainly hope the rest of us don’t vote that way.

  3. no.. my answer is to send 50 special forces in the dead of night to assasinate the 19 plotters where they stand (or sleep)

    The CIA and DIA the FBI, NSA, NRA and every other Tom dick Cheney and harry – agency once had a bead on Mohammed Attah.

    See I think we should put a bullet in his head instead of “ooooohhh watching him” to see who he talks to the next day or what he eats for breakfast.

    But NOOOOoooo – we lost him… damn… wher’d he go… which way did he go…

    Well.. the rest is history.

    Going back to clearing the Bekhah Valley in Lebenon after the Marines were blown up – we should have taken this fight to them right there on the ground, any country, any time, any where.

    They are fighting an insurgent, assymetrical war and they have pulled off some hits on us that have cost us dearly, including 9/11.

    But Justice is not toppling governments, invading countries for “regime change”, spilling the blood of untold innocents caught in the crossfire, displacing millions from their homes and playing games with nation building.

    You see we agree actually on getting the badguys…. but can you at least say you are sorry for killing so many innocent Iraqi civilians.!!!!

    I just don’t think you do that by using a tomohawk cruise missle to swat the fly off a camels ass.

    One high powered shot from a skilled marksman at several hundred yards in the dead of night should get er done!

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    Musharaf and his henchmen running Pakistan and holding the nukes wont even know we where there.

  4. OK well I was skimming through and I came to your paragraph where you try and decide whether or not America has done something to justify suicide-bombing, specifically where you begin to talk about our physical exports.

    I think you’re missing the point. Fundamentalists don’t care about McDonalds as a restaurant, they don’t care about Ford as a car, they don’t care about any of the items we export, the care about the culture we represent as a country.

    The great American export is its Culture. This idea does seem a little bit fishy but let me see if I can explain this idea somewhat

    The American culture is something which can be universally implemented into other cultures. It is white paper, the color beige, a piece of cheese. It in itself is nothing special. But because we do not specifically say “You are not and can never be a part of our culture”, and that it does not require you to adhere to any single specific belief, it is not heavy. Islamic fundamentalists adhere to the idea that all actions in this life exist only to ensure your eternal soul is saved.

    They view your soul as being forever, it will never die or go away, so any pain or death suffered in this physical world is ultimately meaningless when compared to the eternity that is the afterlife. While there are alot of justifications they give for their actions, what I believe really gets under the skins of Islamic zealots is that our society strives harder than any society before it to have comfort in the real-life, instead of requiring we do all actions in the name of the afterlife. That is an extremely simple way of putting it but basically the average American doesn’t worry if walking or singing or talking in a specific way will cause their souls to be sent to damnation forever.

    Not only that but our culture is McDonalds, it is Ford, it is baseball and Coca-Cola. None of those things require any subscription to any faith, idea or practice, they are simply products but they are representative of a society which does not live for death. The fear the fundamentalists have which causes them to lash out at us in such a way stems from their inability to fight or claim our culture as bad. They can say “we won’t go to McDonalds” but inside their asking themselves “Why? Its just food. I can still kill myself after a Jumbo Happy Meal.” There is no ritual, there is nothing really gained or lost. Its just an experience. The same with baseball, or TV or clothing. None of these are special in any way shape or form, but when you combine them in a way as we have people who see this extremely different way of living life might want to try it. Its not threatening or scary, its easily acceptable and therein lies the problem fundamentalists see. Its an accepting culture, and if more and more of the world’s population decides to become more interactive with the rest of the world on a human level, rather than a religious level, they might begin to see the utter futility of their fundamentalist ways.

    They are a dying breed. There will always be fanatics, there will always be suicide bombers, and there will always be terrorists. Its just a fact of life as a human, but as the world comes more and more together, and less and less things are accepted as “just because” or as things which you absolutely HAVE to believe, the more we mature as a race, the less two-sided we will become. They see that and fear it.

    Its easily comparable to a child. As a child, you’re told to eat your broccoli because its good for you. The child asks why, and you tell them to eat it because you said so. The reason for this is two-fold, first of all you might not know yourself and secondly the actual scientific reasoning behind “broccoli=good” is very boring and not something a child cares or wants to know about. All they know is that it is good and therefore they have to do it. As you grow up, you learn the why, the reason behind the goodness of the broccoli and you are able to understand the reasons for eating it. You mature, you learn and you change your idea of the food. I realize comparing Alah or God to broccoli might seem completely idiotic, but the underlying premise if the idea remains solid.

    Or maybe not. Who knows. I’m going to watch South Park reruns.

  5. Ok, let’s say terrorists have been around since 1979 as mentioned above. And admittedly, they are the bad guys. I would say wars are just (or not) based on intentions (oil, perhaps), but also on results. If a lot of innocent people get killed and the world is not a better place, from the point of view of the Iraq’s, then where does the justice come in?

    Since 1979 Americans have killed, yes with guns, 210,000 of their fellow Americans. A zillion times more effective than the terrorists. So, why don’t we use smart bombs on Chicago, we know where the drug lords live, etc. Because innocent people would be killed. Ah, but our innocent people are worth more than Iraq’s innocent. We feel no pain when they die.

    The question is how to fight radical ideas. I would say by being brave and doing what we think is right with the rest of the world. Start living as responsible world citizens. Global warming. Energy hogs. Consumption hogs. Violent society. Homeless. Medical care. We want to export our live style to the rest of the world? First you clean up our act and others will follow. Second, our troops are in 130 countries in the world. Why? Our interests. Our interests that support our life style. Bring troops home, reduce the size of our target. Make other countries step up and bear the economic burden of military action.

    Third, take a balanced view on Israel. Israel is often the bad guy but you would never know it from our support. And yes, they are dealing with bad guys, too.

    Probably enough of what I think. But as Eisenhower warned us, “beware of the military industrial complex they will run the world one day”. I think Ron Paul would say the day is now.

    Robert Odle

  6. Daniel,

    I agree with some of what you are saying although I am not sure they are a dying breed. Contrary to what the NY Times says, the more radical Madrassas (Islamic schools) found in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are creating a whole new generation of terrorists.

    An article in Newsweek describes the Jamia Uloom Islamia religious academy in the mountains of Pakistan, where students as young as nine years old “spend most of the day reciting the Qur’an; memorizing every one of its 6,666 verses is the main requirement for graduation.”

    This is the sort of thing we should encourage, right? Because surely an immersion in the teachings of the Qur’an will “leave no doubt,” as the Muslim scholar Dr. Jamal Badawi says, that “Islam is a religion of peace and nonviolence.”

    Well, unfortunately, Dr. Badawi isn’t an instructor at Jamia Uloom Islamia religious academy. Instead, students “learn civics from a white-bearded scholar named Amanullah, 65, who teaches them about the Taliban. ‘There was a real Islamic regime,’ the old man says. ‘They fixed 25 years of problems in no time, using Islamic laws.’

    Another faculty member, Mullah Taj Mohammad, 40, gives a current-events lesson, warning of the evils that lurk in non-Islamic lands: ‘I’ve heard that many Muslim girls have infidel boyfriends—and clink glasses of alcohol with Jews.’ That’s not the worst of it, he says: ‘Americans are killing Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are busy trying to poison Muslim minds everywhere with films, music and television.’ Abdul is an eager learner. He dreams of enlisting in the jihad against Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed president, Hamid Karzai. ‘Karzai is a killer of Muslims,’ the boy says. ‘When I grow up I’ll fight him, and then we’ll see who’s a man and who’s a woman.’

    I have no doubt that these radical Islamists feel disenfranchised and out-of-touch with the modern world and its cultural influences. However, that is the result of choices they have made and influences by their radical fundamentalist religious leaders. Even though I can, on an intellectual level, understand why they feel as do, on a personal level I will not agree that we should meekly sit by and allow them to blow up our cities, murder our peace activists, or gain access to weapons of mass destruction.

  7. Yes, in a war innocent lives are lost. However, no country has ever taken the pains the U.S has to reduce collateral damage during combat. We have withheld fire several time due to the probability of civilian casualties. Where is this respect for human life on the side of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban who hide their rocket launchers and missiles in hospitals, apartment complexes, and schools? How many of those Iraqi casualties were actually the result of U.S action, or action by the terrorists and insurgents themselves?

    Comparing what our own homegrown criminals (drug dealers, murderers, etc.) do in this country to an act of war by another group existing in another region is not a valid comparison. However, I am all for better enforcement of our own criminal laws.

    All countries have a crime rate. Steal a loaf of bread in Pakistan and they might cut off your hand, or name a Teddy bear Mohammed and they may want to stone you or cut off your head. 170,721 people of our citizens have been killed on America’s highways between 2001 and 2004, also far more than the Islamic terrorists have killed. It is a tragic statistic … but has no relevance.

    If we can successfully defeat radical ideas with other tools, more the better. We should be doing that as well. It would shorten the time we have to defend ourselves and be in this War on Terror. I am all for it! But in the mean time, we must protect ourselves and our interests.

  8. As our nation approaches the upcoming presidential election, several issues form the basis for debate among the candidates seeking the White House. Many Americans choose their candidates based on party, experience, or a few key issues. However there is one problem which I feel should be at the center of any debate; where is American foreign policy going? This issue will be a deciding factor in casting my ballot, and I hope that Americans will realize that this is an overwhelming problem in the global society we live in today.
    At this point, agree or disagree over the faulty evidence that led our nation to oust Saddam Hussein, we are fighting a very expensive war and there will be serious consequences that revolve around the outcome of this war. Much like war torn Vietnam looked after the American pullout in the early seventies, so Iraq will look today if the same happens. Regardless of why we are fighting there, Americans can agree on one thing about Operation Enduring Freedom: we are there! Geographically, Iraq is not the ideal location to plant the seeds of democracy. With radical and unstable governments like Iran and Syria on either side, Iraq must be able to stand up to anyone who opposes them. This is why the United States cannot pull out Iraq just yet. There is an old parable which Americans should heed in regards to Iraq: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    In the chambers of the US Senate you can hear extremists like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinnich calling for an end to this war and deadlines for Iraqis to setup their government. But why don’t we take a look to the past? It took our founders thirteen years to setup a government that could manage the affairs of the nation. Seventy-seven years later Americans ended a civil war which literally tore the nation in half. Why can’t Congress see our own struggles and recognize that Iraqis cannot settle their differences overnight!
    This is only one major issue that Americans should be looking at during this election. US foreign policy is a serious problem that needs some attention. When will Americans support the troops, and their cause?

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