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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Does He Really Believe This?

The Associated Press reported, “President Bush sought… to revive waning public support for the war in Iraq, accusing militants of seeking to establish a ‘radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia’ with Iraq serving as the main front.” In support of this assertion, President Bush noted that American troops were not in Iraq on September 11, 2001. “The terrorists regard Iraq as the central front in the war against humanity. And we must recognize Iraq as the central front in our war on terror,” he said.

Surely President Bush does not really believe that the September 11 attacks were completely unprovoked. Does he really think that Muslim extremists are waging a war in Iraq to “rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region, and establish a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia”? This might be a plausible explanation had America not been meddling in the Middle East long before September 2001. The terrorists who flew airliners into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and Arabs who perpetrated terror attacks against American forces and interests before and after September 2001, were motivated by a hatred of America spawned by America’s presence on the Arabian Peninsula and American arrogance.

I think the real motivation for going to war in Iraq and for installing a democracy there is to secure a steady supply of oil. Still, it was foolish for President Bush to believe that America could bring stability to the region. The peoples of the Middle East have been fighting for centuries, even before the arrival of the Jewish State. Inside Iraq, there are numerous factions that are at odds with one another, and who will not coexist peacefully as members of a single country. This is an unwinnable war that America does not need to be fighting. I cannot fathom why President Bush is unable to grasp this.


  • I thought President Bush saying something was so made it so.

    So, Matt, President Bush didn't do a heck of a job with his speech then?

    By Blogger Thomas, at 9:03 AM, October 09, 2005  

  • i can't decide if he actually believes it or is just staying the course because he is stubborn and ill-advised.

    kind of glad i didn't see the speech. but i'm sure i'll see it soon and will cringe everytime he gives that little smirk and "heh heh heh" chuckle.

    By Blogger kari, at 12:52 PM, October 09, 2005  

  • I completely agree with you and I guess the same thing motivated our government too.

    By Blogger Lesley, at 5:16 AM, October 12, 2005  

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