May 3, 2012
The United States’ war on terror moved into Iraq on March 20th2003. One must be extremely careful when indicating who America was at war with, because they did not attack the nation of Iraq. U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair organized a joint effort to infiltrate and overthrow the Saddam Hussein. The two leaders articulated three reasons for the invasion.
Former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, makes a point during his initial interview by a special tribunal, where he is informed of his alleged crimes and his legal rights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
First, Saddam Hussein possessed nuclear weapons. Second, that he had ties to Al-Qaeda. Third, Saddam’s regime had been oppressing the Shia Islam population for decades. The first two have been, for the most part, proven untrue, causing Bush to be deemed a liar by a mass delirium throughout the nation. As a result of his reputation as a liar, many Americans overlook the incredible joy felt by every Shia Muslim upon hearing the news that Saddam Hussein had been captured by the U.S. on December 13th2003. They would finally be allowed the religious freedom taken for granted in America, and would no longer fear the oppressive Sunni regime, something that would have been impossible without U.S. intervention. This did not mark the end of America’s occupation of Iraq, however, and America decided to stay in control of Iraq until a stable democracy was established. It ended up taking until the December of 2011 for the U.S. to withdraw its troops from Iraq under President Barack Obama, thus putting an end to the Iraq war.
When evaluating the decision to invade Iraq it is possible to assert that President Bush lied to the American people about Saddam’s ties to terrorism and still deem his decision to invade admirable. Saddam was executed in 2006 after being found guilty of 148 murders of Shia Muslims in 1982. Since then it is impossible to accurately calculate the number of Shia he was responsible for slaughtering, but had America decided to stand idly by it is fair to say that Saddam would still be murdering the Shia today.
April 2, 2012
Most bloggers tend to be up-to-date with current events, but I strongly encourage you to test your knowledge through Pew Research Center’s news I.Q. test. You may be surprised at what you score! (I ended up at 12 of 13)
The test can be reached through this link:
March 29, 2012
Yes, I love to environment. Yes, I would like to move to clean energy, yet considering the unrest in the Middle East I don’t think that reducing the need for their number one export is such a great idea.
It is scary to think of America being “energy dependent” on unstable countries, but are those same countries dependent on American
consumers. A typical environmentalist will warn of the massive amount of oil that the U.S. uses everyday, but I may be more concerned about the Middle East falling into more chaos than it is already present.
As a former Libertarian, I still have much faith in the free market, but reducing the demand in America for such an important part of these countries’ economies harms international trade considerably.
Please comment if this theory is misguided in any way, or if you have any additional information to add to this scenario.
March 21, 2012
This song deserves a Grammy. No matter what side you take politically I think you will enjoy this!
Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up (feat. Eminem)
March 17, 2012
According to the MPAA website only “intense or persistent violence” warrants an R rated movie. So in theory, every movie accurately made about war MUST be rated R. Yet, Hotel Rwanda only received a PG-13 rating.
This is Rwanda
Now it seems that there is a nip-slip in the Superbowl Halftime show the World stops turning. These are the “ethics” that children are indoctrinated with as soon as they can speak. Why is this acceptable in today’s culture?
March 17, 2012
The REAL hero of the Suez Crisis, a man with compassion beyond measure.
When the World’s oil was threatened under President Eisenhower’s watch, he did not resort to using military force. He set an example of non-interventionism, and helped to ensure a free World Market for years to come.
Here is a brief summary of one of the World’s first oil crises:
Britain and the United States initially offered to fund the building of the Aswan Dam, but they withdrew their offer as a response to the growing relationship between Egypt and the Soviets. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser reacted by nationalizing the Suez Canal on July 26th 1956. About 1.5 million barrels of oil a day were transited through the Suez Canal, and about 1.2 million of them were destined for Western Europe, making it an essential part of the global economy. On August 2nd Britain made the decision to mobilize troops, and the USSR responded by sending Soviet ship-pilots to help Egypt run the canal. On October 1st a 15 nation Suez Canal Users Association is formed in hopes of finding a peaceful solution to the crisis, but Israel invaded the Sinai Peninsula by the end of the month. The day after Israel invaded the USSR demanded a ceasefire between Israel and Egypt, but the demand is vetoed by France and Britain. U.S. President Eisenhower had wisely advocated peacefully resolving the crisis, and his example led the UN to approve the USSR’s ceasefire demand on November 2nd.
THIS is war
The use of force was not even a last resort for Eisenhower. The horror of war is no longer recognized in America.