The Bronx Blogger

Friday, June 03, 2005

Discuss Our War in Iraq with Matthew

The invasion of Iraq was necessary.

Saddam was a mass-murdering-and-torturing admirer of Stalin. We were very concerned that he might help or arm terrorists who would like to stage a massive, deadly attack against the United States.

After our first war against Saddam, in 1991, we tried containing him in a box. But the U.N. regime of sanctions against Iraq had gotten weaker every year, and it seemed inevitable that far stronger measures would have to be taken.

In addition, we wanted to establish a working liberal democracy in the Arab Middle East, in the hope that other dictatorships would weaken and topple too. If democracy could spread, then both the "root causes" and the state sponsors of terrorism would disappear from the world stage.

Many well-informed and patriotic Americans disagree strongly with this assessment. I invite anyone who would like to comment, for or against, to do so.