On Iraq etal viewed as a foreigner living in the USA 2002--2006

Keeping count, we've had a September 11, Bali Bombings, Saudia Arabian apartment complexes annihilated, Madrid, London and the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan...
So... more and more countries have a September 11, and again and again i feel it in the depths of my stomach. My thoughts are with the horrifically injured, the families who lost their loved ones, and anyone who witnesses these atrocities.

What are we (the global community) going to do to stop the deaths? Are we delusional to even think of the dual concepts of winning a War on Terror?

Will economic sanctions on the Israeli government until they get the hell out of the (illegally) occupied territories even begin to reduce the hatred? Could it really be as simple as that? Or does the hate run far too deep?

This is what i want the leaders of the free-world to answer. Condemning these acts is easy, i want a long-term solution so that the next generations know nothing of mass murder.

Or framed another way: How many 11/9's does it take to change a lightbulb?

About Iraq's (illegal) liberation:

We are witnessing a few (s)elected white men who hold power dictate the future
by manipulating the present and distorting the past.

Their idealogies and sanitized rhetoric are as sickening as the deaths of all of the innocent civilians in this Iraq war.

Now that you've ridden the world of another brutal dictator,
what about the rest Mrs. Bush, Blair and Howard?

PS. What weapons of mass destruction? What imminent threat?

A quote from A World Transformed by Brent Scowcroft and George H. W. Bush (Senior):
"Trying to eliminate Saddam... would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible.... We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.... There was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see ... Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
(thanks to a Webdiary contributor for pointing this one out)

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