Posted by steveA on April 17, 2003 at 10:48:19:
In Reply to: Re: why can't anyone stop this insanity?????? posted by Nick Reyes on April 17, 2003 at 08:13:32:
I am an architect in the US and I agree with Nick. I am probably in the slight minority as far as architects go ie: we are probably almost evenly divided. I am deeply concerned about the sentiment against the US's and Britain's actions in Iraq, especially that coming from people here in the States. I think Bush is correct in that the Iraq of 2 months ago was an unnacceptable situation. You had a self appointed dictator who deprived his people of just about all the freedoms we take for granted, including free speech. He could do anything to his people (as recent discovery of mass burial sites for more than 2000 kurds has proven) and get away with it. Who was there to speak for them? He became aggressive enough to invade Kuwait (yes, the US enabled him, which was a mistake I think we can agree on) and after the US forced him to withdraw (what if we hadn't?) and required him to eliminate his weapons and subject himself to inspection, he beligerently did not cooperate. At the same time he has been linked to international terrorism and, we know now, has been funnelling money to al Quaida. Saddam in effect has held his people as hostages against any retaliation. How many deaths do you think might result from the continuation of such a regime? It would be many times more the casualties of this war. War is a brutal and inhuman thing, but is sometimes justified. I think our differences may be over how much of a threat Saddam really was. I think that there is enough evidence to suggest the threat was great. We know it was to the Iraqis.
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