by John Hawkins | July 18, 2002 6:39 pm
Lying About The War: Here are just some of the lies the anti-war left has been telling about the war and what the real story is…
This entire war is about oil: Just because the Gulf War was about oil doesn’t mean EVERY war is about oil. WW1 and WW2 certainly weren’t about oil. Neither was Korea, Vietnam, or the Cold War. Furthermore, it’s actually insulting to the almost 3000 people who were killed in the worst terrorist attack in the history of the planet to say that the fact they were murdered isn’t a worthwhile reason to go to war. Quite frankly, if 3000 Americans being slaughtered isn’t worth going to war over, then nothing is.
This goal of this war keeps changing. First off, it was Osama Bin Laden, then it was the Axis of Evil, and now it’s all terrorist supporting nations: I’m quoting GWB from his speech nine days after Sept 20th,
“The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends. It is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them….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.”
Al-Queda is in more than 60 nations! So I guess that means the US is going to go to war with all of them?: If you can’t tell the difference between a nation like Singapore that doesn’t support terrorism and makes every effort to apprehend terrorists and a nation like Iran or Syria that actively supports, funds, aids, and protects terrorists you are at best ignorant as a fence post and at worst you’re intellectually dishonest.
Using the military to fight the war on terrorism is pointless because ‘violence will only breed more violence’ and an ‘eye for the eye makes the whole world blind’: I am tempted not even to bother replying to this because anyone with even a passing knowledge of history knows this is obviously not true and example after example throughout history can be given to show that war and the threat of violence has solved more serious disputes between nations than anything else. Here’s a Robert Heinlein quote that sums it up, “Naked force has resolved more issues throughout history than any other factor. The popular opinion which says ‘violence never solves anything’ is wishful thinking at its worst. People who forget that always pay.”
The ‘War on Terrorism’ has been a failure: On the contrary, the ‘War on Terrorism” has been a stunning success so far. The Taliban are out of power in Afghanistan and al-Queda is desperately trying to reorganize itself after it’s defeat in Afghanistan and it’s quite possible that Bin Laden himself is dead. We’ve also had unprecedented cooperation from previously terrorist friendly nations like Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, & Pakistan. Furthermore, because so many al-Queda operatives have been captured around the world we’ve gained massive amounts of intelligence about the al-Queda network. Although we’ve got a lot of work left to do, things are going very well so far.
The ‘Axis of Evil’ and terrorist supporting nations aren’t a threat to the United States. When you combine the resources of a state with a terrorist organization with global reach, there is a real and present danger to the United States as 9/11 proved. Imagine if al-Queda would have had access to nukes back then. Unless we prosecute this war, we won’t have to ‘imagine’ what that will be like within a few years (if it takes that long) because it’ll be reality.
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