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USA in Iraq
by jack_perry on Mon 14th Nov 2005 21:38 UTC
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2005-07-06

USA has no right to remain with troops in Iraq.

The UN's Security Council would seem to disagree with you. Several resolutions refer explicitly to the United States as if its troops should be in Iraq; for example, paragraphs 13-15 of Resolution 1546 asks member states to contribute to the multinational force in Iraq. See http://www.uniraq.org/

Incidentally, as an American, I speak and/or read with varying degrees of fluency English, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Russian, and occasionally even Esperanto. I hold a passport which has been stamped by several countries, and I do not relish the thought that there are billions of poor people in the world who can't afford Microsoft Windows.

Of course, I find that a little less troubling than the fact that they can't afford a decent meal, either, which is why, like most Americans, I give a relatively large proportion of my income to charities that, well, feed the poor. Ah, but my capital crime must be that these charities usually do so with American-grown corn and grain.

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RE: USA in Iraq
by chemical_scum on Tue 15th Nov 2005 01:05 in reply to "USA in Iraq"
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2005-11-02

Well Professor Perry as someone so cosmopolitan and well travelled you are no doubt aware the majority of people around the world despise the US and its aggressive and imperialist government, even though they generally like individual americans. They are appalled at its double standards and its fake democracy (nearly a majority of US voters don't vote because they have lost faith in the system).

The original US invasion of Iraq (supported by its snivelling little puppets Bliar and Howard) was definitely illegal under international law and without UN support. It was justified by claims that have now been shown to be nothing more than a tissue of lies. The fact that the US now may have bought sufficient support (the way corporations buy politicians inside the US) in the UN to give a limited acceptance of its fait accompli, still does not alter the initial illegality of a war of aggression (it does not matter if Saddam was a "nice man" or not).

Everyone outside the USA knows that the US is only there to secure the second largest oil reserves in the world and install military bases to strategically dominate the biggest oil producing region.

Finally, yes the poor in what we used to call the third world need more than charity and dependance. They need economic development. Not economic development that only benefits the multinational corporations and a local elite, but development the brings forward the living conditions of the mass of ordinary people. Strangely enough that seems to be something the US goverment and it's corporate backers are determined never to allow.

Edited 2005-11-15 01:18

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RE[2]: USA in Iraq
by morgoth on Tue 15th Nov 2005 02:45 in reply to "RE: USA in Iraq"
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2005-07-08

Quote: "The original US invasion of Iraq (supported by its snivelling little puppets Bliar and Howard) was definitely illegal under international law and without UN support. It was justified by claims that have now been shown to be nothing more than a tissue of lies. The fact that the US now may have bought sufficient support (the way corporations buy politicians inside the US) in the UN to give a limited acceptance of its fait accompli, still does not alter the initial illegality of a war of aggression (it does not matter if Saddam was a "nice man" or not)."

Again, totally correct. It's nice to see so many posters hitting the nail on the head!

Quote: "Everyone outside the USA knows that the US is only there to secure the second largest oil reserves in the world and install military bases to strategically dominate the biggest oil producing region. "

Again, correct.

Dave

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