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    Thursday, January 27, 2005

    Anonymous answer to a ? on this blog
    Chris asked is the war is Iraq “worth it” (in a previous post) considering the loss of American lives, the tremendous cost, and the fact that we did not find WMDs. I will try to add my thoughts here but I ultimately you will have to answer this questions for yourself.
    1. Don’t get hung up on WMDs. The timing of the war was due to the THREAT of Saddam having WMDs. Everyone in the world knew he wanted to develop nuclear and bio weapons and most in the world thought he still had, at least, a chemical weapon arsenal. Regardless, for our own national security we could not afford to wait until the presence of these weapons was proven because, by then, it would have been too late. Saddam was a bad guy. With WMDS his neighbors would be in big trouble and once transferred to the terrorists our worst nightmares would have been that much closer to being realized (not to mention he may have used them on our troops if he had them). I say THANK GOD he did not have WMDs.
    However, at this point the war is not longer about WMDs. We are now clearly fighting our biggest battle, to date, in the war on terror. The terrorist chose post-liberated Iraq as the battle ground because a free and prosperous Iraq presents a huge threat to their future. There is no doubt in my mind that without the infusion of foreign terrorists and foreign terrorists funding the war here would be well behind us. The al quada types are fighting for their survival here. If they lose here, coupled with their loss in Afghanistan, then they are in serious trouble. If we lose then they will most likely gain a new sanctuary (like Afghanistan was) from which to train, recruit and resource new attacks on the U.S.. I think that is unacceptable.
    2. Whether or not the war is worth it in terms of blood and treasure is a tough question to answer. I try to look at this way. We Americans have what we have today because those that went before us were willing to sacrifice blood and treasure to ensure their children, grand children, great grand children, etc. would have a better future. We live in the greatest country in the world because Americans have always been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that we have the freedom to determine our own destiny. We now have a history of well over 200 years. During the last 200 years how many other countries have not been ruled, at some point in time, by a tyrant, despot, communist,etc.? In the last century we dealt with the threats from Nazi Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union before they became a direct threat to our national security (i.e., invasion); before it was too late. Dealing with each of these threats required a tremendous sacrifice in terms of blood and treasure. Were those sacrifices worth it? Are the sacrifices we make to end the threats posed by the Saddams of the world and the terrorists before it is too late, worth it? We had years of intelligence about the threat posed by Osama Bin Laden and we believed he had sanctuary for training and recruiting terrorists in Afghanistan. We did what we could, short of the ultimate sacrifice, to prevent him from carrying out an attack on our nation. After he killed 3000 Americans we decided to invade Afghanistan (sacrifice blood and treasure) to put an end to the threat. Few would argue that what we did in Afghanistan was worth it, yet, in my mind, it was too late.
    To sum up I guess the history books of the future will have to answer Chris’s questions about Iraq. The problem with doing things before it is too late is you can never really determine when “too late” is going to be (until it is too late). This makes our actions in Iraq an easy target for the critics, nay-sayers, pessimists and down right jerks who seem to want to see us fail. by the way, I have no doubt these same people would be criticizing our Country and our President for not liberating Iraq if we had waited until Saddam and/or the terrorists had possession of WMDS before we decide to do anything about it.



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