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Monday, April 21, 2003

The hubris is getting thicker than the irony
I know I said no more war talk... Sorry.
As we break our arms by enthusiastically patting ourselves on the back over our magnificent and glorious defeat of the Iraqi regime, as we gloat over our overwhemling superiority, it might be advisable to look at the other side of the coin and see what the US looks like to the rest of the world. Outside of the US, people watched the most powerful military force known to history spend months planning for war, arguing for war, deploying more than a quarter of a million troops and the most advanced instruments of warfare to date to prepare for war, and then using that force to invade and attack a state the size of California that had been crippled by twelve years of economic sanctions, the first war led by the US, and the end just three years before that of an eight-year war with Iran that left the country devastated. "Coalition" forces fought against Iraqi troops who were demoralized, starving, equipped with outdated, lousy weaponry that somehow managed to survive the 1991 war, led by incompetent officers using horrible tactics, and who usually surrendered when given the chance. Despite their mind-blowing advantages, it took "coalition" forces three weeks to reach and occupy the city of Baghdad (roughly 400 miles from their starting point). Even yet, there is still no peace; fighting is still occurring all over the country.

The one goal the US wanted to achieve, the one thing we wanted to happen, didn't happen. At least, no one really knows if it happened; the one main objective was to take out Saddam Hussein. This whole thing was carried out primarily to get one man, and our people have no clue where to find him. Our leaders may be praising our victory by toting out some cousins and half-brothers and even some petty terrorist who has been in hiding since 1984, but they have no Saddam; they don't even have the chemical and biological weapons that they used to justify this whole affair in the first place.

So what does this victory mean? How can anyone feel good about this? It's nothing to be proud of, considering who we were up against; the outcome was never in doubt. Of course Iraq went down in defeat, but not as easily as the military planners thought it would. The decrepit, third-rate, obsolete Iraqi military still gave our boys a run for their money. Still, all the soldiers are valiant heroes who brought freedom to an oppressed country, and the Iraqis who don't want the US out of their country are more than happy we're there, because, even though troops stood by and watched Iraq's national heritage carried down the street, they did secure the Ministry of Oil. After all, it does belong to the Iraqi people.

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