[Vision2020] Donald Rumsfeld-speak
Sat, 18 Jan 2003 18:09:42 -0800
At 05:00 PM 1/17/2003 -0800, Don Kaag wrote:
>>You assume that things in Iraq would have been better had we toppled
>>Hussein. However, given our history of installing and/or supporting
>>rulers who kill both their own subjects and sometimes those of their
>>neighbors, I don't make the same assumption."
>...so, how do you explain the present-day democratic states of the Federal
>Republic of Germany, Japan and South Korea?
No, I suspect he's talking about Iran, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, and a number of other countries where (more
recently that the 1950's) the U.S. has toppled democracies and/or supplied
militaries with arms used to exterminate segments of the population.
Oops, I made one major omission in the above list. Iraq. Much of its
military was built by the U.S. and other Western powers. Small example:
helicopters used to spray poison gas were Made in the U.S.A., bought from
the U.S.A. When Iraq invaded Iran, the U.S. even supported a U.N.
resolution preventing Iran from purchasing weapons to defend itself. It
all seemed pretty sensible then, and was supported by a U.S. population who
thought the cost of one million Iranian lives was sufficient penalty for a
nation that had allowed the kidnapping of 52 U.S. citizens.
For those who were cheering the Iraqi invasion of Iran (and I fear that
would be the majority of those on the list who are old enough to remember
that war), have you learned anything since?
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