Friday, June 16, 2006

War as Economic Development

The "weapons of mass destruction" argument has been debunked. No matter how many times Saddam Hussein's name is mentioned in the same sentence as the terror attacks of 9-11, we know that's not where the responsibility lays. Turkey, our ally and the recipient of billions in US economic aid, has been conducting a genocidal campaign, that upstages Iraq's, against its Kurdish population since 1992 - destroying 3,000 plus Kurdish villages; so, we can't claim we care enough about the Kurds to go to war. Hell, you can't even claim it's the oil. All Middle-eastern oil accounts for less than 10% of the US's annual oil consumption. That is just $11 billion in oil compared to the $50 billion we spend annually "protecting" the Middle East, not to mention the $289 billion and growing that we have spent on the war in Iraq.

Perhaps, it's all just a post Cold War, unartfully constructed, economic stimulus package for the US defense industry... After all, Halliburton has done quite well for itself and Lockheed Martin has that government subsidized loan to repay. I wonder how many at home we could educate and what discoveries and technological advances we could make that would reposition our economic base and put our unemployed back to work if the $289 billion was but applied to more peaceful and productive purposes?



Blogger Dryck said...

Although I understand your frustration, I think you miss the true point of the Iraq war. I always felt our true mission in Iraq was to light the fire of democracy in the Middle East. Granted his fire will very likely move slowly. However, the tenants of radical Islam cannot withstand the barrage of free thought spurred by independent speech and expression created by a democratic society. The two ideologies cannot co-exist.

Many a naysayer claim that we will never create the love of democracy in that area of the world. If we honestly buy this argument does that mean we lack faith in our own experiment with this form of government? We need to show faith everywhere that democracy can work anywhere. Iraq, ruled by a sad excuse for a human being, seemed a logical place to start in the hotbed of the terrorist recruiting grounds.

Establishing a democracy in the Middle East is not easy. Many stand to lose power, wealth, and prestige making them fight to the death to keep the aforementioned. War may seem a strange way to accomplish this noble goal but sometimes you need a hammer to drive in Democratic thought and action. After all, we turned to war to begin our experiment. Overall, perhaps it is overly idealistic but true democracy in the Middle East is the only long-term solution to the problem that I can foresee.

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