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September 10, 2002

America’s Sandbox Is America still

America’s Sandbox

Is America still the fighters for freedom that we have been, or are we quickly becoming the bully of the sandbox, willing to steal other countries’ lunch money simply because we can? Fighting against terrorism is a worthy cause, and our attack of the Taliban appears to warranted based on the tragedy of last September, but where should America draw the line?

Our president appears to be consumed, no, obsessed with attacking Iraq, and is determined to win support for such an attack no matter the time or resources involved. I agree that Saddam Hussein is trouble, capable of using weapons of mass destruction on American soil, but so are a lot of other people. My question is where will we stop?

We have attacked the Taliban and caused a regime change in Afghanistan and have Iraq in our sights. Then will we attack Lebanon, Cuba, Iran and Saudi Arabia? We have an incredible amount of military power, but arrogance has caused the fall of other nations in history and could do the same for our own precious country. I do not have a problem with fighting evil, but we should have just cause to enter into war. Our troops are in Afghanistan because of an attack on our people and our way of life. But the terrorists drew first blood. If we begin entering other countries and making regime changes because the leaders of those countries MIGHT do something drastic, are we any better than those countries we want to annihilate? As Americans we hold ourselves above all other nations, assuming that our way of life is best and that others should follow us in all that we do. The president's attempt at gaining support for an evergrowing war is evidence that our arrogance may be bigger than our appeal to other nations. While I too love this country, I understand that other people adhere to different beliefs from those that I hold dear.

Save your nasty comments about how unpatriotic or un-American I am, because if that is your belief you are missing my point. Sure, I wish the twin towers were still standing and that so many children would still have their parents alive, but that cannot be changed now. America is threatening to destroy other countries under the umbrella of “democracy and freedom” and I question the validity of this. America is strong and can blow any country away with our military strength, but if we go into a broader war we may find ourselves fighting alone against a worthy foe, an alliance of Arab nations.

Perhaps my opinion will change if I learn of specific threats from Iraq in the coming weeks and months, but so far the president has not made a strong enough case for the invasion of Iraq. Until he does America is walking a fine line between the roles of being a protector and being a bully.

Posted by Woundwort at September 10, 2002 01:28 PM | TrackBack
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