What Your Belief About ‘Motives’ For Attacking Iraq Says About You

What Your Belief About ‘Motives’ For Attacking Iraq Says About You: Over the course of the last year or so, quite a few people have opined that there must be some sort of sinister motive for prosecuting the ‘war on terrorism’ in general and for hitting Iraq in particular.

Lately we’ve heard every assumption in the book about why the Bush administration “REALLY” wants to hit Iraq from sources both foreign and domestic. They say it’s about oil, getting reelected, finishing what Bush’s father started, distracting attention from other domestic issues, adventurism, revenge for Saddam’s assassination attempt on his father, general maliciousness, etc, etc, etc.

Now nine days after 9/11 Bush himself gave a speech explaining exactly what he was going to do. Here’s one notable snippet from the speech that explains why we’re going to hit Iraq…

“…And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”

Bush wasn’t the only person saying those sorts of things either. Here’s a quote from an editorial I wrote on 9/16/01…

“If we do not have the resolve to eradicate these terrorists and the nations that continue to support them now, then when?”

Since Bush and the rest of the pro-war forces in America have been very consistent on this subject since the beginning of the ‘war on terrorism’, I think questioning our motives at this point says more about the people doing the questioning than us.

Apparently these people don’t think that preventing other 9/11s from happening by smashing the global terror network is worth going to war over. For whatever reason, seeing thousands of dead Americans and knowing that millions could die in future attacks doesn’t really disturb them all that much. It’s something they are either secretly pleased to see happen or either it’s something that they are willing to live with. Because of that, they believe that Bush and the rest of us advocating war with terrorist supporting states must have some sort of an ulterior motive. Well our “motive” is preventing more 911s from happening and it’s too bad that’s not something everyone can get behind.

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