Well, a while I promised a post about my thoughts on
I would have preferred
However, since none of these situations occurred, I was supportive of the
Since we invaded and caused Saddam to run and hide, I have been supportive of our actions. I am sympathetic to the calls for more troops to go to
I think that bringing democracy to a dictatorship is a good reason for our actions. Especially if the dictator in question is murderous and crazy. Other reasons that justify our actions are as follows:
- There was legitimate concern, at the time, that Saddam was in possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. This was worrisome not only because it meant he was breaking one of the central tenets of the treaties he had signed, and that he was evidently able to hide said weapons from the best of the U.N. inspectors, but also because he had used such weapons before. Against not only the citizens of his country, but also against another nation (
Saddam was a dangerous man, and a crazy man. He is now in jail, and most of his henchmen are either dead, on in a cell as well. This would not have happened if we hadn't done anything. I regret that it wasn't done sooner. Iraqis are getting their country put back together, and it's nothing short of amazing. The government they have produced is not perfect, but it's a lot better than some of the alternatives. Our first attempt at self-government was also failure. It took us more than a decade to realize it, however, and I don't think that
As far as US troops staying in the country - it would be murder for us to withdraw now. We are doing our best to train the Iraq Army. We are doing pretty well with the equivalent of enlisted troops - they have quite a lot who are on par with the American standard. (something which not many countries can claim for their own forces) However, it takes a lot longer to train the higher ups to deal with strategy and many other things that are necessary for military success. I welcome the day when American soldiers can return home, but it won't the right moment for a few years yet. Iraqi troops already control a large amount of real estate, and every day more of them are stepping up, but our troops still provide necessary guidance.
The reason I'm thinking about this now, is that I came across a graph of civilian casualties for a number of different conflicts. You can look at the graph here. Please notice that it comes from the
Now, take a look at the numbers for the two Afghan conflicts - one is much smaller than the other. Thank you, American Soldier. Now, look at the numbers for the Iraq War, and the number for the Iraqi Internal Violence. Again, one is much smaller than the other. Remember also, that these numbers come from reported casualties. Please, direct your attention again at the numbers for the Iraq War, and then at the numbers for the Bosnian Ethnic War. One is the result of
I hope this has been informative, or at least interesting. Please feel free to try and tear me apart in the comments, I look forward to the debate.
Update: Here are some more thoughts.