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Old 02-12-2007, 09:38 AM   #16
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I guess your refering to us supplying Iraq with weapons when they were at war with Iran. At the time we had no beef with Iraq only Iran (remember the US hostages in Iran). I'm not sure what Nation was supplying Iran but we did not want them to expand their country and need Iraq to win or at least stop them. I guess with a little hine site it would have been best if they just wiped each other off the map.
I was actually referring to Afghanistan and Iran, but there are countless instances. Iraq is also a good example.
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:39 AM   #17
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Care to elaborate? Why is it the last thing we need to do?
To me it's as simple as we're already mired in a war in Iraq, Congress is opposed to troop escalation, we have few if any allies left to support us at this point.

Unless we first take some political action, which is unlikely to happen, I just don't see us pointing missles at Iran at this point.
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I never knew we supplied weapons to either of them how many years back are you going?
1980 or so. Cold War efforts.
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No action anywhere in the world by us=9/11 once a month
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To me it's as simple as we're already mired in a war in Iraq, Congress is opposed to troop escalation, we have few if any allies left to support us at this point.

Unless we first take some political action, which is unlikely to happen, I just don't see us pointing missles at Iran at this point.
OK then, how do you propose we stop Iran from killing our troops in Iraq?

Or are you OK with letting this happen?
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No action anywhere in the world by us=9/11 once a month
That may be dramatic, but I totally get your point.

These people want to kill us whether we come back home or whether we fight them overseas. They have a war mentality. Just because we withdraw, or "keep our noses out of others' business", doesn't mean they won't try to kill us.

It's a WAR.
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OK then, how do you propose we stop Iran from killing our troops in Iraq?

Or are you OK with letting this happen?

Dude, of course not. Look, if we're scratching our collective heads right now over Iraq, can't agree on how to get out or when to get out for that matter. This makes the situation in Iran super complicated.

First thing I think we should do is somehow get more international support and involvement. Although we don't have the best relations with Iran, other countries may be able to mediate somehow.

Another question is, exactly how are the weapons getting into the country? Is there a way we can cut off the flow of arsenal into to Iraq without directly engaging in military action?
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I don't see you mofos signing up to serve and here you are advocating we open up another front to a war already going very badly. It's easy to say, it's a lot harder to do.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:13 AM   #24
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I don't see you mofos signing up to server and here you are advocating we open up another front to a war already going very badly. It's easy to say, it's a lot harder to do.
Exactly.
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Ok, your saying we provided Iran in the 80's weapons when in 1981 they were holding 63 US citizens hostage? That does not make one bit of sense they where our enemy at this time. I think your thinking of us supplying Iraq with weapons as they where fight Iran in the 80's and we did not want Iran taking over Iraq. We wanted to keep them from growing in that part of the world and as a nation.
I meant to Afghanistan around 1980. That was about the time when the Russians were occupying Afghanistan.
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That may be dramatic, but I totally get your point.

These people want to kill us whether we come back home or whether we fight them overseas. They have a war mentality. Just because we withdraw, or "keep our noses out of others' business", doesn't mean they won't try to kill us.

It's a WAR.
True, a little dramatic.
I think the mistake many Americans, Europeans tend to make is the desire to make all this make sense. It doesn't. I try to ply my American values of live, and let live, do unto others.....etc. to this situation, and guess what. It does not compute. The idea that another race/country, countries wants to kill me, my family, my people (Americans) is ridiculous, outrageous!!!! Does this really exist? Hell, yes. Moreover, by their acts, they have proven to be relentless and ruthless hunters wanting nothing more from their lives than to take part in the ultimate violence against there enemies..........us, and those like us. It's wierd, but that seems to be all they understand. I do not condemn all muslims, or all of anybody. I do think ALL muslims and anyone else that fits that "profile" bear closer scrutiny in airport security than someone's 84 year old Irish mom. Is that a violation of someone elses civil rights? Racial Profiling? Who cares. When Irish old ladies start bombing the next tower wherever, I want them profiled, and searched accordingly. The rules changed Sepember 11, 2001. If we allow it, political correctness will kill us all
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Care to elaborate? Why is it the last thing we need to do?
Putin voiced his opinion of this recently. Saying basically how since the US reacts with military firepower rather than different channels which in turn forces other countries build up their arms and weaponry. I think his perception of how the US handles certain international issues may coincide with a few other countries. This could become a case of the schoolyard bully being ganged up on by all of the kids he picked on in years past.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:49 AM   #28
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What we SHOULD do is send a strong message to Iran now...enough of this U.N. diplomacy thathas proven to not only fail, but actually helps strengthen the enemies by giving them more time to stock up and prepare. We should bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, which will:

1. Say "we're serious...if you help kill Americans, we'll kill you."
2. Take away their ability to retaliate or go after Israel with nukes, which is something they would defiinately do.
3. Prevent terrorists anywhere from getting nukes.
4. Reinforce the fact that we are the world's military superpower, not a "paper tiger" like bin Laden called us during the Clinton years.
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Old 02-12-2007, 10:53 AM   #29
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Is anyone looking at this from their point of view? In the 9/11 attacks we lose 2,819 people (New York Magazine. In Iraq, over the course of this war they've lost between 56,023 and 61,736 civilians. I'm sorry if this sounds brash, but we've been damn lucky that a) 9/11 only killed 2,819 people, and that attacks like that don't happen on a more regular basis. 9/11 happens in these countries every couple months, and often we're involved in some way. I don't think it takes rocket science to see why these people hate us. Most of them were living their lives, and yes Saddam wasn't a great ruler by any stretch, but most families weren't losing children, mothers, and fathers from a bomb that goes off course or the escalated violence in the area, this is why they hate us. Their towns are in ruins, many of their family members are dead, and we are directly responsible.

How would you guys support it if, lets say... France, decided that George W. Bush was a dictator and not fit to run the country. The first thing they do is bomb the shit out of our infrastructure. Goodbye power grid, goodbye bridges, cut the fiber-optic backbones going into the country (much like we did in Iraq), kill the telephone lines. Then bomb military outposts. You'd be enraged, a violation of our 'civil rights'. I guess at some point, we need to stop forcing our ways on others. We're the world's Jehovah's witnesses, going door to door, uninvited, and pushing our agenda on someone else.

Then people bitch about car bombs, etc. It's how you win when you're undermanned. They can't just gear up and fight us, they'd get crushed. If we want to go rolling into war, especially with groups instead of sovereign states, we need to expect guerrilla warfare. It's the only effective means for people to fight back, and we can't start a war and expect everyone to drop their weapons and convert to us.

This isn't meant to offend anyone, I'm just asking you to step back from being an American, and put yourself in someone else's shoes. 9/11 was a tragedy, but the loss of human life wasn't near what many countries see on a regular basis. We've been extremely lucky with thwarting such attacks, and in my opinion, pissing more people off isn't the best way to stop them. Many experts say that the Iraq war has done little but breed more terrorists.
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Are you saying that we should not have helped AFghanistan ( in providing weapons) when fighting Russa and communism?
At the time, it was the right move. The USSR was our biggest threat and they had vowed to take over the world, INCLUDING us with Communism. That's why there are so many South and Central American nations with Communist governments, they were working their way up to us. At the time, our only Arab enemy was Iran (hostages during Carter administration) and we were trying to prevent the growth of our main enemy, the USSR.

In hindsight, hey, nothing is perfect. Saying we shouldn't have helped them in the 80s would be the same as rejecting all help from the British, Japanese or Germans today...because circumstances made them our enemies once upon a time.

The world situation constantly changes and we must do what's right in the current situations without holding grudges about the past or making predictions about the future.
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