06/19/03:

DER LONG-PROMISED RANT AUF KLAUS. My response to an antiwar diatribe addressed to us some time ago by an acquaintance. Did you know, for example, that George W. Bush is a... a mean man?

Read on.

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BBC NEWS June 16, 2003:

I was at home when I heard the noises. Outside, people were running everywhere, and were trying to hide somewhere, I could hear the guns, and although we are living 3 streets away from the place, we could hardly open our eyes and breathe because of the tear gas. I could see about 20 motorcycles riding here and there shouting and trying to catch people in the street. Mothers were crying and trying to find their sons, cars in traffic were pushing their horns to show their partnership in the protest, but motorcyclists tried to stop them by threatening them.....
Name withheld, Iran

We are not risking our lives here for reforming this murderous system. We want a complete overthrow of the Islamic republic and establishing a proper democracy like the one in UK or USA.
Farhad, Iran

We are going to have democracy in Iran, if this demonstration keep going, as the nations in Europe couldn't get freedom without the help of USA in 2nd world war, the nations can not afford to became free from dictatorship in the developing countries without the help of Americans and all freedom fighters in Europe.
Arash, Iran

The Iranian people have shown their urgent tendency for freedom. Now the US must start to support the demonstration by warning the Iran government not to act against the people. This enforcement from the outside and people's demonstration inside, will finally down the Iran regime. We are waiting for immediate support of the US.
Farshad, Iran

The fall of the Ayatollahs is coming. The majority of the Iranians have been silently opposing the dictatorship of the "religious" elite. The protests will only increase in the near future and an internal revolution seems imminent. As expected, the coalition forces presence in Iraq have indirectly provided a morale boost to the forces of change in the Middle East.
Youssef Haddad, USA

Europeans with their so-called human rights concerns are the most pathetic players in the Iranian current affairs. The reformist that you name such as Hajarian and Karubi are the murderers of the early years of revolution. I guess, for the great defenders of human rights in Europe, what matters in not human rights at all but rather finding a tolerable government to do business with. Shame on all those governments that cooperate with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Withheld, Iran

PRESIDENT BUSH PLEASE HELP US
Ali M., Iran



Why are the Iranians suddenly emboldened so as to go into the streets demanding democracy and an end to their own Stalinist theofascist nightmare? Could it be because they find themselves now flanked to the east and west by liberated, free nations? This is what many Iranians are saying. Who do they have to thank for this? George W. Bush. Think about it.

"A burly 39-year-old man named Qifa, assigned by Mr. Hussein's Information Ministry to keep watch on an American reporter, paused at midmorning, outside the inferno that had been the headquarters of Iraq's National Olympic Committee, to ask the reporter to grip his hand. The building, used to torture and kill opponents of Mr. Hussein, had been one of the most widely feared places in Iraq. 'Touch me, touch me, tell me that this is real, tell me that the nightmare is really over,' the man said, tears running down his face."



Part 1

1:

Original text of letter in aqua; Klaus' fisking in our usual earth tones.



I don't dispute any of the facts you cite about the Iraqi government. But I question why *our* government has chosen that one to single out -- what about the many other non-democratically-chosen regimes that the US has supported and continues to support? What was *Iraq* doing to threaten *us*??

This is “*our*” government, like it or not. I thought Clinton SUCKED, but I never doubted that his administration was our government.

By your rationale, force would NEVER be used to address any threat because there exist OTHER threats. Now THERE’S a good reason to do nothing.

Name another nation which fulfills the following criteria:

1) has hostile intent toward the United States
2) has extensive revenues controlled by a megalomaniacal dictator
3) was actively developing and producing chem- and bio-weapons (yeah, I know they haven’t been located yet – our forces are still being SHOT) (see Iraqwatch)
4) was avidly pursuing a nuclear weapons capability
5) was actively sponsoring terrorist organizations
6) had completely ignored demands by the international community to disarm from WMD
7) had attempted to assassinate a US President
8) has murdered ~1,500,000 of its own countrymen, many of them with chemical weapons

One must separate the NATION of Iraq from its ruling REGIME. Iraq, per se was neither the threat nor the target, the regime was. We have removed the REGIME (with EXTREME precision), which is no longer a threat to the United States, the entire MidEast region, Europe, etc.

We cannot wait until someone throws the first punch when that first punch could incinerate a large city.

These decisions are not made at the whim of a President. Three words: EVIDENCE, INTELLIGENCE, FACTS.

If the forceful deposition of the Hussein regime from power was not the “best” course of action, what was? And this disagreement is based on what information? The infinite hubris of the antiwar, anti-administration left is no less than startling. They have no access to the daily, tsunamic intelligence briefings from the FBI, NSA and CIA. They cannot see the massive amounts of intelligence flowing in continuously 24/7 from our extensive intelligence assets in the field. These decisions are not made by a small cadre of individuals in isolation; they are made in consultation with the top brass of the aforementioned agencies, all branches of the armed services and the National Security Council.

The antiwar left is peddling a fraud and the simple fact is that they were dead wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Tell me, if the holocaust against the Iraqi civilians perpetrated by the Hussein regime in which some 1-2 MILLION innocent men, women and children were murdered is not sufficient call to arms, WHAT IS?! You tell me. Tell the families of those murdered that this is the wrong war at the wrong time. Tell the millions of Iraqis deliriously dancing in the street celebrating the end of their Stalinist 23 year long nightmare. Tell the Iraqis who prayed to Allah that the American bombing would start and the Iraqis that pledged to take their own lives if the Americans did NOT come. The antiwar crowd conveniently dismisses these people.

The same clueless morons with “CELEBRATE DIVERSITY” bumper stickers marched in the streets to keep the Iraqi people oppressed under as brutal a totalitarian regime as this world has ever known.

Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a “war on Iraq.” It is not a war on the entire country and people of Iraq. It is a war on the terrorist Hussein regime and it could not come too soon for those suffering under the iron boots of his oppression. Never before in the history of warfare have such extreme measures been taken and tactics employed to prevent civilian casualties. The Hussein regime’s average Iraqi civilian murder rate was circa 250 per DAY. Anyone on the left who would like to find evidence supporting the claim that the Hussein regime was as bad as it is claimed to have been need look no further than the reports compiled by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The Bush administration is on the right side of this issue, the antiwar left dead wrong. Bush, Blair, et al saw the threat of a nuclear armed Hussein, the abject inefficacy of “inspections” and the lesson of 1939 – don’t wait for the threat to mature. The antiwar left would have left this threat to mature, imagining that “containment” was an alternative to deposition. These are the same people who would have acquiesced to the Nazi threat and if they had had their way we would all be singing Deutschland Uber Alles before the soccer games. Even if the Hussein regime could have been “kept in a box,” how about the 24 million Iraqis locked in the box with him?



2:

While Bush was beating the macho war drums to go to war against Iraq what about the *real* Islam-fascists that are living inside Pakistan and Afghanistan that you talk about who are still alive and still planning real plots to kill Americans?

These “*real*” Islamists continue to be hunted down by coalition forces. This operation will not be abandon as a result of dealing with the threat posed by Iraq. By what rationale is it preferable to carry out these operations serially rather than in parallel? We have more than ample forces to address these threats simultaneously.



3:

I was about 300 yards from the northeast corner of the White House on 9/11 and the passengers who bravely brought down the jet in Pennsylvania very possibly saved my life. I was stranded in DC then for days, unable to leave, hearing sirens 24/7 from my hotel window, and was haunted for months by that unending sound.

Everyone has their own story to tell about their experience on 9/11. I appreciate the horror, fear and loss that anyone experienced on that day. I tuned in just in time to see, on live TV, the second tower crumbling with the full belief that my sister, who used to work at the WTC, was being murdered before my eyes. Fortunately, she was not in her office at that time. Had it been Monday or Wednesday, she would have been.



4:

I know that the hatred some people feel for the US is very, very real.

Hitler’s hatred of Jews was very, very real, albeit very, very unjustified.

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And I don’t see what the hell Saddam had to do with that.

The deposition of the Hussein regime is not in retaliation for 9/11. Rather it is the neutralization of a clear threat to the national security of the United States and our Allies (whether or not those Allies choose to face reality or to continue deluding themselves, just as France chose to do right up to May 12, 1940) and the entire Mideast region.

4.2
He was (I am assuming he is dead by now) an awful, butchering person –

4.3

but the whole rest of the world,

See Section 13 below.

4.4

including the great majority of citizens in the UK

Did you notice how the polls in the UK changed with a majority in support of military action? And are you aware that the leader of the anti-war contingent in the British Parliament, George Galloway, was on Saddam’s payroll and had received, clandestinely, $3 million a year from Saddam. No, you won’t read about THAT in The Nation. Challenge your own assumptions – read both The Nation AND The Weekly Standard for a year.

4.5

questions why we singled out that country, how we could justify going to bomb them *before* they did anything aggressive toward us.

Yeah, there are millions of people in the world that hate the US. And there are millions that hate France and India and Japan and China and Russia and Saudi Arabia. What of it? Should it become a national priority to make sure that everyone in the world loves the United States? Such a policy would be suicidal.

Bush and Blair have exhibited something we have seen too infrequently in our elected officials – LEADERSHIP. They risked it all politically to do the right thing. Remember, Blair is a LIBERAL DEMOCRAT! (Labour Party). But HE recognizes the clear and present danger posed by the Hussein regime. In short, Blair gets it, but I guess it is just too arcane for the left to comprehend.

Further, is not the intra-Iraqi holocaust sufficient causus belli ? It’s acceptable to the Left if he’s attacking and murdering his own population so long as he leaves us alone? Where are your “Liberal values?”



5:

I believe it was for psychological and not geopolitical let alone moral reasons that Bush chose Iraq -- Saddam had tried to assassinate his father.

Yeah, and a lot of people used to believe that the Earth was flat.

Do you also believe that 2/3 of Congress would approve the use of force against the Hussein regime if they had suspected that this was all for a psychological fix for the President? Remember, that vote was held long before midterm elections. This is an example of the insular world of fictions, factoids and paranoid conspiracy theories typical of the left, (Wellstone was murdered!) few of whom were trained in any rigorous discipline requiring an objective, sober interpretation of empirical EVIDENCE.



6:

Bush is known as a vindictive person who is quick to anger and holds grudges for a long time.

7:

His regime in Texas put to death more prisoners than any other in US history -- an average of more than one person a day.

As for his record as Governor of Texas vis-à-vis capital punishment:

Mario Marquez 1/31/1995 #87

Spencer Goodman 1/18/2000 #201

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice records, the first death row inmate to be executed under the governorship of George Bush was Mario Marquez who was executed on January 31, 1995. He the 87th executee on records starting December 7,1982. The last executee (the 201st) under Bush’s governorship was Spencer Goodman executed on January 18, 2000. That makes a total of 114 executions while Bush was Governor. He was Governor for 1,826 days (1/19/95 – 1/19/2000). Therefore, the rate of executions while George Bush was Governor of Texas was 1 execution per 16 days, not an average of more than one person per day.

Certainly the left must not allow FACTS to get in the way of their anti-Republican, anti-American, anti-Bush agenda. More leftist fiction.



8:

He let be killed one prisoner whom DNA tests showed could not have done the crime but because that evidence came in after the formal appeals process had run its course let him die anyway.

Not to mention that these defendants were convicted in a court of law by juries of their peers and, presumably, beyond all reasonable doubt with the evidence available at the time of their trials. Who am I or who are you to critique the proceedings and conclusions of those trials? Again, what are the FACTS?



9:

He is a mean person, Klaus.

So, I am supposed to reject an administration’s foreign policy because someone believes that the President is a “mean man?” According to whom? Do you know George Bush personally? Show me the data, and I don’t mean the rantings and ravings from an Alexander Cockburn type. I mean facts.



10:

And Ashcroft, his attorney general, with Patriot Acts I and 2 wants to strip *us* of many of our civil rights -- including the right for this email message to remain private.

Which “many” of our civil rights, for how long and for what Machiavellian purpose?

I have not read the some 342 pages of the Patriot Act. Have you? If so, What is the EVIDENCE that John Ashcroft WANTS to strip us of civil rights? If, via the Patriot Act, the email of non-citizen foreigners is monitored, how does that infringe upon the civil rights of citizens? The United States is under no obligation to extend to any and all foreigners the same rights extended to American citizens. This is one of the many benefits of being an American. The opportunity, privilege, security and prosperity enjoyed by Americans was won by the blood, sweat and tears of our forbearers and by the projection of American economic, political, military and moral power in the world. You cannot divorce your own good fortunes from the fertile environment within which you have developed them, and that environment is YOUR COUNTRY, the country which your own father defended at the risk of his life and which you focus upon deriding. Are you enjoying your new house?



11:

This is an intolerant regime that ridicules dissent as unpatriotic. How ironic and frightening that a regime that purports to defend democracy condemns dissent, which is perhaps the core principle of a democratic society.

Dissent per se was never condemned; the POSITION of the dissenters was (and is). You cannot expect to take an unpopular position on an extremely controversial issue and expect that no one will disagree with you.



12:

We are losing important aspects of the democracy that Bush purports to be protecting.

What aspects? Name them. How are we losing them?



13:

I am one of those who is singing kumbaya, if that's a fair characterization of those who are appalled by this eagerness to tell the rest of the world *not* to help us after 9-11,

The following is a list of Coalition countries as of 4/3/2003:

(White House source

Afghanistan
Albania
Angola
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bulgaria
Colombia
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Georgia
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
Mongolia
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Palau
Panama
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Rwanda
Singapore
Slovakia
Solomon Islands
South Korea
Spain
Tonga
Turkey
Uganda Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States
Uzbekistan



14:

who wish that Nader had not run so that Al Gore would be leading us since 9-11 and not George Bush because Gore, while stiff and wooden, would not have arrogantly told the UN and "old Europe" that they were irrelevant -- someday we may need these people as allies.

The Germans will never forgive us for kicking their asses and the French will never forgive us for SAVING their asses. We can always count on the French to be there when THEY need US. With an “ally” like France, who needs enemies? Besides, Poland will be a far more reliable ally and the Poles really KNOW THE FACE OF FACISM, unlike the American and EU left to whom this is all just an academic abstraction.

As evidenced by the policies of the Clinton/Gore administration, Gore would have fired off a couple of cruise missiles at tents in the Afghan desert to be followed up with a quagmire of feckless UN sanctions. Al qaeda would still be metastasizing in Afghanistan; Hussein would still be murdering an average of 250 citizens per day and closing in on his first atomic weapons. But we’d have multilateral UN resolutions and UN condemnations and UN sanctions coming out of our ears, agreements which would prove to be as effective as the Clinton/Albright “Agreed Framework” with Kim Yong Il. Yeah, THAT”LL work!



15:

Bush has offended our traditional allies,

As in the Allies who have thanklessly prospered under the American Security Umbrella for 50 years?

Rather, the traditional allies have offended the United States, Great Britain and the above list of 49 Coalition Partners and, likely, many of the now liberated Iraqis who are grateful to the coalition forces.



16:

and has offended nearly the entire Muslim religion worldwide who all believe the Iraq war *is* about oil.

Rather, it is the distorted portrayal of George Bush and the United States, promulgated and broadcast by al jezeera, madrassa-of-the-air, which has offended the hoards of gullible, uneducated, and misguided Muslims and has tried to convince them that the so-called war-on-Iraq was about oil. Al-jazeera has also succeeded in convincing gullible, uninformed and misguided members of the left that this war is about oil and some grand American-Israeli conspiracy to enslave the Arab world.

It’s Not About the Oil, Already!



17:

We can say smugly that the rest of the world is wrong and we are right and nobody likes us because we are so much better ethically and materially, but it is our cultural arrogance that offends so many in other lands, not that we have more toasters and cars than they do.

I’m confident that I am not alone in not caring if the United States has offended people in other lands. There is no cultural equivalence between American western culture and the anachronistic, medieval, oppressive, nihilistic monoculture of Islamic fundamentalism. That culture SUCKS and our culture is so profoundly superior that they can scarcely be compared and contrasted. The United States has been the greatest benefactor the world has ever known. Heaven forbid that something as banal as NATIONAL DEFENSE should upset the cocoon of serenity of the deluded left.

Arabs stupid? No. Ignorant, uninformed, misguided and uneducated? Yes. It is a serious deficiency of Islam that it never experienced an Enlightenment or Reformation. It has been petrified in a form of medieval nihilism which the Islamists desire to inflict upon the entire globe. The Mideast oil resources were discovered and developed predominantly by US companies. The United States has been the preeminent global economic engine which promoted the development of the huge global demand for the products of those resources and provided livelihoods for billions of people throughout the world who otherwise might have none. Without the US, the entire Arab world would likely still be “sitting in the sand chanting a whole bunch of shit.” (Dan Jenkins)



18:

And I don't see why going to *war*, for God's sake, is better than UN inspections.

Because they weren’t working for starters – even Hans BLIX admitted that.

“Whatever one's stance on how best to handle Saddam Hussein, it is crucial to understand one thing: United Nations inspections, as they are currently constituted, will never work.

“For inspectors to do their job, they have to have the truth, which can only come from the Iraqis. As President Bush told the United Nations last week, the world needs an Iraqi government that will stop lying and surrender the weapons programs. That is not likely to happen as long as Saddam Hussein remains in power.”

--Gary Milhollin & Kelly Motz , The New York Times, September 16, 2002, p. A21
Gary Milhollin is director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control. Kelly Motz is the editor of IraqWatch.org.

Iraqwatch: Why Iraq Will Defeat Arms Inspectors

Iraqwatch: Nuclear, Chemical, Biological, and Missile Programs of Iraq


THE IRAQI BOMB
Because the International Atomic Energy Agency is ineffectual,
Saddam Hussein will continue to outwit U.N. inspectors.
by Gary Milhollin
The New Yorker
February 1, 1993, p. 47.
(link to article)



19:

Saddam had stopped gassing his people,

Oh, I see. We’ve just GOT to draw the line at gassing people. It’s acceptable if he’s otherwise murdering them with summary executions, torturing them to death, throwing people into plastic shredders, summarily cutting out tongues, imprisoning children, raping children in front of their parents. That’s ok; just no gassing.

I just LOVE the absolute hypocrisy of the left, the self described champions of human rights and civil liberties marching in support of keeping a regime like this in power while they worry that someone might peek at their email because they just happened to check out the title How to Make an Atomic Bomb in Your Spare Time from the public library.

Is any of this getting through?



20:

wasn't massing troops on any border to attack anyone else

In an age of suitcase mass terror technology, major attacks do not require the massing of troops. THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT!



21:

and yes, while terrorizing his own people

And “terrorizing his own people” is INSUFFICIENT cause to take him out???!!!



22:

-- and there are African and Asian dictators doing that now and why aren't we going to bomb them?

Military action against North Korea may yet be required. Which African dictators are you referring to who has active WMD programs?

We cannot allow weapons of mass destruction to be handed off to terrorist groups to be brought into the United States. This is an ACTUAL, EMPIRICAL, REAL threat.

This is not theoretical. Unfortunately, the delays encountered in the UN, thanks to our “allies,” may have afforded Hussein the opportunity to provide these very weapons to terrorist groups.



23:

-- he was not aggressing against other countries and hadn't been since he went into Kuwait in 1991

Please explain to me the moral difference between aggressing against another country versus aggressing against the population of one’s own country. Are you singing Kumbaya for the Iraqi population too, or don’t they matter for some reason that is just beyond the logical capacity of someone outside of the academic meritocracy?

Celebrate Diversity!



24:

If we went to war because he is evil, there is a long list of others we should be bombing right now too.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Hussein’s “evil” nature per se was not the causus belli. We have many tools in our toolbox of which military force is but one.



25:

If we use 9-11 as a reason to say someone could do this again and let's kill anyone who might do this again, we are going to *create* whole generations of orphans and dispossessed with the motivation to want to do this again.

It should be clear by now that the United States, with a coalition of the willing, is able to depose tyrannical regimes without causing the collateral damage which leads to the creation of generations of orphans and dispossessed. This is not accidental. The Defense Department has already figured this out as evidenced by the stunning success and precision of Operation Iraqi Freedom.





Continued Tomorrow

posted by Klaus (mit mein vicious Hund, Helmut) 06/19/03