War with Iraq?

25 Mar

War is hell

During my vacation I didn’t pay attention to the news, and in the past few hours I have been catching up. What twisted world is this? The ENTIRE WORLD denounces the United States attack on Iraq. What fucking imminent danger does Iraq pose to the world? None….the United states is violating all kinds of international law in doing this and further driving Arab/Muslim hatred of the US. This does nothing to help us. I remember once..I watched this video of the violence in the middle east..between Israel and Palestinians..and I saw this father cowering behind a car, trying to take cover from Israeli soldiers firing at him and around him..he was sheltering his son…and a bullet hits his son square in the head..this child was probably 8 or 9 years old. And the father just holds his sons body..stunned..obviously feeling the greatest of pains..probably wishing for a bullet to end his life as well..I cried so much watching that…my hands shaking…

It’s so ironic that this past century saw the great evil of Nazism suppressed and destroyed by allies..and now just like in ANIMAL FARM..the saviors have become the enemy. The United States actions are in a word, evil. I am as of now ashamed to be an American and can’t believe the depths we’ve sunk into..treating the fellow people of the world as mere servants, demanding our way and laughing at international law.

All I see is a people defending their homeland from foreign invaders, the very same people who put sanctions so severe into the country that children die daily from lack of medicine and food. Brute force is not going to solve this. Bloodshed wont makes things better. What should I expect from a country that still proudly carries out the death penalty when the rest of the civilized world has advanced socially beyond such ‘eye for an eye’ barbarism.

I hate the whole ‘support our country and our boys’ shit…blind patriotism is nothing. Hitler was a patriot. Supporting your country just because its your country is meaningless. Supporting the actions of your nations military simply because they belong to the country you live in is idiotic. What we are doing is very very wrong, the whole world sees this. Can it really be that the population of the US is correct? and the rest of the billions of people are wrong? God..I can’t believe this is happening. An all-out invasion of a country is devastating..we are talking thousands of civilians dead and many more maimed and disfigured forever. This is a war of Choice like senator Byrd said..there is no need for this..no justification.

http://www.arabicnews.com/ansub/Daily/Day/030320/2003032030.html
US Senator Robert C. Byrd said “I believe in this beautiful country. I have studied its roots and gloried in the wisdom of its magnificent Constitution. I have marveled at the wisdom of its founders and framers. Generation after generation of Americans has understood the lofty ideals that underlie our great Republic. I have been inspired by the story of their sacrifice and their strength. “

Senator Byrd said “But, today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned.”

Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination. Instead of isolating Saddam Hussein, we seem to have isolated ourselves. We proclaim a new doctrine of preemption which is understood by few and feared by many. We say that the United States has the right to turn its firepower on any corner of the globe which might be suspect in the war on terrorism. We assert that right without the sanction of any international body. As a result, the world has become a much more dangerous place.”

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3 Responses to “War with Iraq?”

  1. thanny March 25, 2003 at 3:59 pm #

    actually, the entire world is not against us and our actions in the middle east. these are the countries who support and are helping us overseas:
    Afghanistan, Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. The State Department listed Japan as available for “post-conflict” support (taken from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A49565-2003Mar18.html).
    the imminent danger iraq poses to the world is its dictator’s wish and process of developing nuclear weapons. if you think this violence is horrible now, imagine it with entire countries wiped out. and as horrible war is, i’m glad we aren’t waiting for that to happen.
    also, we are not the only civilized country who still uses and supports the death penalty:
    Countries which have the death penalty for ordinary crimes (87)
    AFGHANISTAN, ALGERIA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARMENIA, BAHAMAS, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BARBADOS, BELARUS, BELIZE, BENIN, BOTSWANA, BURUNDI, CAMEROON, CHAD, CHILE, CHINA, COMOROS, CONGO (Democratic Republic), CUBA, DOMINICA, EGYPT, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, GABON, GHANA, GUATEMALA, GUINEA, GUYANA, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, IRAQ, JAMAICA, JAPAN, JORDAN, KAZAKSTAN, KENYA, KUWAIT, KYRGYZSTAN, LAOS, LEBANON, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, LIBYA, MALAWI, MALAYSIA, MAURITANIA, MONGOLIA, MOROCCO, MYANMAR, NIGERIA, NORTH KOREA, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, PHILIPPINES, QATAR, RUSSIAN FEDERATION, RWANDA, SAINT CHRISTOPHER & NEVIS, SAINT LUCIA, SAINT VINCENT & GRENADINES, SAUDI ARABIA, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SOMALIA, SOUTH KOREA, SUDAN, SWAZILAND, SYRIA, TAIWAN, TAJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TUNISIA, UGANDA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, UZBEKISTAN, VIET NAM, YEMEN, YUGOSLAVIA (Federal Republic), ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE
    Countries which have the death penalty for ordinary crimes such as murder but can be considered abolitionist in practice in that they have not executed anyone during the past 10 years and are believed to have a policy or established practice of not carrying out executions. The list also includes countries which have made an international commitment not to use the death penalty (21)
    ALBANIA, BHUTAN, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, BURKINA FASO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CONGO (Republic), GAMBIA, GRENADA, MADAGASCAR, MALDIVES, MALI, NAURU, NIGER, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, SAMOA, SENEGAL, SRI LANKA, SURINAME, TOGO, TONGA, TURKEY
    Countries whose laws provide for the death penalty only for exceptional crimes such as crimes under military law or crimes committed in exceptional circumstances (12)
    ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, BRAZIL, COOK ISLANDS, CYPRUS, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, ISRAEL, LATVIA, MEXICO, PERU
    (taken from http://teacher.deathpenaltyinfo.msu.edu/c/about/history/history-9.htm)
    these aren’t simple issues, and the world is not a simple place. no one wants to see such violence, but i feel we do have a responsibility to change iraq, for them and for us. i hope it ends soon, with as little casualty as possible.
    if you haven’t already, you may be interested in reading some first-person accounts from iraqi refugees, what they were put through and why they ran here. i’ve noticed a lot popping up in editorial sections of newspapers. there was one article in the post a few days ago, focused on local iraqis who also cringe watching the violence of their homeland, but know it is all for the best, because it can bring change.

  2. bboyneko March 25, 2003 at 4:22 pm #

    Death Penalty Outlawed (year)
    Andorra (1990)
    Angola (1992)
    Australia (1985)
    Austria (1968)
    Azerbaijan (1998)
    Belgium (1996)
    Bermuda (1999)
    Bulgaria (1998)
    Cambodia (1989)
    Canada (1976)
    Cape Verde (1981)
    Colombia (1910)
    Costa Rica (1877)
    Côte d’Ivoire (2000)
    Croatia (1990)
    Czech Republic (1990)
    Denmark (1978)
    Djibouti (1995)
    Dominican Republic (1966)
    East Timor (1999)
    Ecuador (1906)
    Estonia (1998)
    Finland (1972)
    France (1981)
    Georgia (1997)
    Germany (1987)
    Guinea-Bissau (1993)
    Haiti (1987)
    Honduras (1956)
    Hungary (1990)
    Iceland (1928)
    Ireland (1990)
    Italy (1994)
    Kiribati (1979)
    Liechtenstein (1987)
    Lithuania (1998)
    Luxembourg (1979)
    Macedonia (n.a.)
    Malta (2000)
    Marshall Islands (1986)
    Mauritius (1995)
    Micronesia (1986)
    Moldova (1995)
    Monaco (1962)
    Mozambique (1990)
    Namibia (1990)
    Nepal (1997)
    Netherlands (1870)
    New Zealand (1989)
    Nicaragua (1979)
    Norway (1979)
    Palau (n.a.)
    Panama (1903)
    Paraguay (1992)
    Poland (1997)
    Portugal (1976)
    Romania (1989)
    San Marino (1865)
    São Tomé and Príncipe (1990)
    Seychelles (1993)
    Slovak Republic (1990)
    Slovenia (1989)
    Solomon Islands (1966)
    South Africa (1997)
    Spain (1995)
    Sweden (1972)
    Switzerland (1992)
    Turkmenistan (1999)
    Tuvalu (1978)
    Ukraine (1999)
    United Kingdom (1965)
    Uruguay (1907)
    Vanuatu (1980)
    Vatican City State (1969)
    Venezuela (1863)
    Yugoslavia (2002)
    Death Penalty Permitted in Exceptional Cases
    Albania
    Argentina
    Bolivia
    Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Brazil
    Chile
    Cook Islands
    Cyprus
    El Salvador
    Fiji
    Greece
    Israel
    Latvia
    Mexico
    Peru
    Turkey
    De Facto Ban on Death Penalty
    Bhutan (1964)
    Brunei Darussalam (1957)
    Burkina Faso (1988)
    Central African Republic (1981)
    Congo (Republic) (1982)
    Gambia (1981)
    Grenada (1978)
    Madagascar (1958)
    Maldives (1952)
    Mali (1980)
    Nauru (1968)
    Niger (1976)
    Papua New Guinea (1950)
    Russian Federation (1996)
    Samoa (1962)
    Senegal (1967)
    Sri Lanka (1976)
    Suriname (1982)
    Togo (n.a.)
    Tonga (1982)
    Death Penalty Permitted
    Afghanistan
    Algeria
    Antigua and Barbuda
    Armenia
    Bahamas
    Bahrain
    Bangladesh
    Barbados
    Belarus
    Belize
    Benin
    Botswana
    Burundi
    Cameroon
    Chad
    China (People’s Republic)
    Comoros
    Congo (Democratic Republic)
    Cuba
    Dominica
    Egypt
    Equatorial Guinea
    Eritrea
    Ethiopia
    Gabon
    Ghana
    Guatemala
    Guinea
    Guyana
    India
    Indonesia
    Iran
    Iraq
    Jamaica
    Japan
    Jordan
    Kazakhstan
    Kenya
    Korea, North
    Korea, South
    Kuwait
    Kyrgyzstan
    Laos
    Lebanon
    Lesotho
    Liberia
    Libya
    Malawi
    Malaysia
    Mauritania
    Mongolia
    Morocco
    Myanmar
    Nigeria
    Oman
    Pakistan
    Palestinian Authority
    Philippines
    Qatar
    Rwanda
    St. Kitts and Nevis
    St. Lucia
    St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    Saudi Arabia
    Sierra Leone
    Singapore
    Somalia
    Sudan
    Swaziland
    Syria
    Taiwan
    Tajikistan
    Tanzania
    Thailand
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Tunisia
    Uganda
    United Arab Emirates
    United States of America
    Uzbekistan
    Vietnam
    Yemen
    Zambia
    Zimbabwe

  3. dreama March 25, 2003 at 5:22 pm #

    Byrd loved his country so much, and wanted equality – that’s why he’s a former KKK member.
    Bad choice of people to quote.

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