have you had time to educate yourself ??
Thu, 20 Mar 2003 15:48:30 -0500
Bart Hristova wrote:
> Hi bill,
> on 12/9/01 you reply was probably emotional towards chomsky analysis,
> what do you think now, 18 months later.?
You are right, it was an emotional response, but my opinions have not
changed much. I can now easily pick posts more deserving of the
'religion of politics' brand.
There is a lot to agree with in Chomsky's analysis, but I reject the
platform from which he is making his argument. For him, 9/11 and what is
happening now is a pretext for advancing an agenda that I am
fundamentally opposed to.
Morality is not relative. Islamists fanatics are not "freedom fighters"
(at least not with any definition of 'freedom' that I would agree with).
A sizeable number of Palestinians want to see the Isralie state and
all of its Jewish inhabitants destroyed and dead respectively.
Saddam is a bad guy. He has killed 10,000's of people, including
children in front of their parents. According to Saddam, over 1,000,000
Iraqi's have died over the past 10 to 12 years as a direct result of the
embargo. Should an embargo have continued? Should the embargo be
lifted? Lifting the embargo would give Saddam free reign to continue to
molest his neighbors and the world. Nothing good could come from that.
Some have said that 500,000 people will die in the invasion. Lets
assume that's true (I doubt the number but for now lets assume it is
true). Also let's assume that Saddams' number of 1,000,000 is true and
that the rate is constant over the past 12 years (and that that rate
would continue for the next 12 years). The conclusion, leaving Saddam in
power for another 12 years would result in 500,000 -more- deaths than
the deaths incurred by an allid invasion.
Okay, time for a silly, mindless partisian knee-jerk analysis that is
100% in the spirit of the other silly mindless partisian knee-jerk
analysis that has been posted to fork recently:
"If you are against the Iraq way, you are actively supporting the deaths
of 500,000 additional people in 12 years. The leaders of Germany and
France are stupid and short sited. They are blood thirsty. They don't
understand the consequences of their actions. They don't care about
people, they are only pursuing their own interests. The sum of Schroder
(sp?) and Chirac's IQ is less that 90. Their policy is poorly planned.
No, it was not planned at all. Their policy is mindless. Same goes for
their lackeys around them. yadda yadda yadda..."
If the coalition can get rid of this guy with minimal civ casualties,
then WTF is the problem? Iraqis are better off, the victums of Saddams
sadism are avenged and the world is better off. Take the gift and be
grateful. Course we don't know if that's going to happen, but here's to
P.S. FWIW, I don't believe any of those things in the quoted segment
above. But it is not far in spirit from the other crap I've seen posted
on this list recently.