I do not want my children to live in a country that shirks its responsibility. God had blessed the United States with much.
Do you think He has blessed America with ownership of the nations of the world, that they implicitly have an obligation to their American masters or else? Your whole line of reasoning implies that America has a right
to police the world.
However, let us forgive this assumption for a moment, and even say it is legitimate - that America has not only the right, but obligation to impliment it's own version of the "Roman peace" (perhaps Pax Americana
) around the globe. Is that what is happening? Only the most naive would agree.
Why have not the Americans landed in Rwanda and stayed? Why are they not becoming aggressive with the Chinese? Why has the U.S. had the distinction of being such good friends to so many anti-democratic, dictatorial regimes (Saddam included! It was the Saddam who gassed his own people who was America's friend, after all!)? It is so sad that so many good, idealistic Americans (though shameless naive as well) actually buy
the idea being sold to them, that this is about "truth, justice and the American way". How can it be so, when your country's whole engagement in this affair came about by lies and innuendo?
Weapons of Mass Destruction - where?!
Connection between Al-Queda and Iraqi Regime - where?!
The latter is particularly lamentable, since it betrays a grotesque ignorance on the part of most American civilians of the realities of the Middle East. Saddam was a secularist, a Baathist. Iraq was not an Islamic regime of any sort. In fact of all of the Arab countries (including America's "allies", like Egypt and most notoriously Saudi Arabia) it was the only one to allow any real measure of religious freedom to it's resident Christians. You cannot even bring a Bible into Saudi Arabia, Spartacus! In Egypt, the persecution and murder of Copts is a regular (and unpunished) occurence, even implicitly encouraged by officials. Yet these are "allies".
The likes of Al-Queda on the other hand, are hard core Islamists - the kind of "un-Islamic" regime that reigned in Iraq is precisely the kind of thing they despise existing in the heart of "Islamic territory".
I think the reality is, American officials were betting on the ignorance (and sadly, bigotry) of simple Americans - betting on the hope that they'd lump all of the "sand niggers" together, and that is precisely what happened.
And that includes a wilingness to sacrifice its sons so that people in other nations might breathe free and have the opportunity to worship God without fear.
You honestly believe that is what this has been about?
Consider that now, in Iraq, Islam is constitutionally recognized as the "official religion" - Christianity has no standing whatsoever. Now Christians are beginning to emigrate in droves from Iraq, and understandably so. Iraq is well on it's way to becoming "Iran Part II", at least in the south of the country.
Even from a relativistic, "all religions are ok" point of view this is not religious freedom. And it certainly is not allowing for the worship of the true God
without fear, the All-Holy Trinity.
The U.S. might not always get it right....but we try.... and more than any other nation in the world today are willing to sacrifice for people in other nations.
No, your government is willing to sacrifice your life
for it's interests, but it is sold to you and your peers as a holy crusade. It's despicable. But I guess it's easy for draft dodging, arm-chair warriors to engage in such jingoistic statecraft.
One can argue we were to back Saddam in his war against Iran...we were however engaged in a larger struggle against a greater evil -- The USSR. When that struggle ceased we opposed Saddam's invasion of Kuwait, and rather than finish the job properly -- we relented to international pressure and allowed him to remain in power.
The first Gulf War was engaged in to protect Ameircan interests, not human rights or democratic freedom. Kuwait is not a "free nation" in the sense you speak of. Once the status quo was restored, the Americans left. Bush Sr., for all of his faults, realized (and if you read his thoughts on the current war carefully, still realizes) that going further than this would create a worse situation than what currently existed.
As for your remark about a "larger war" with the USSR, etc. etc...what happened to all of that mom and apple pie baloney? Pragmaticism allows the saviour of the world (sic) to make alliances with the devil?
Our efforts and sacrifices in Iraq today are "pennance" to correct for those past mistakes....and anyone who thinks Iraq's new government is going to be US puppet, just is not reading the news....or has their head and thinking still stuck in the Cold War days.
I agree with you here - it will not remain a puppet for long, since it will either be forced to accomodate radical Islam, or will be desposed of and replaced outright with an Islamist regime. A wonderful improvement, and worth all of the body bags coming back home! Round aboutly, American sons were fighting a jihad against Arab Secularism.