Right now we are in this war, and I, personally, don't want to rehash the reasons why. I just want us to win it and have it over with with as little loss of life as possible.
I think it might be a little naive to believe that more nations joined in the Gulf War because that one was for "a good cause". Nations do whatever is in their own best interests at the time. All sorts of deals are struck and loads of money and support changes hands in order to get backing for a coalition--and that was true in 1991. It was not just a case of everyone recognizing a good cause. This time around some of those parties--who joined us in 1991--just have different self interests in 2003.
Anyway, right now this isn't Bush's war. The British and Australians and the Poles are fighting along with the Americans.
Let's just wish them well.
After this one is over then we can talk about some of the other problem areas in the world.
Ace, there is a thread in C.I.--Is The U.N. Finished? Why not throw your two cents into that thread since you have some ideas on the issue of how the U.N. has been treated. I'd like to read more of what you have to say on that issue, but I'm not sure that this thread is the place to pursue that.
It's also nice to know that not everyone hates us right now:
Iraqi villagers welcome U.S. troops
Villagers: 'Saddam, your days are numbered'
SAFWAN, Iraq (CNN) --Videotape shot by Kuwaiti TV crews Friday showed about a dozen villagers, most of them adult men, warmly welcoming American soldiers who arrived and briefly took up positions in the village of Safwan.
The men, a few children, and one woman spoke to at least three soldiers who got out of their vehicles. Many shook the soldiers' hands or embraced them, and some kissed the soldiers' cheeks.
"God bless you, thank you very much," said some of the villagers, according to translations by Kuwaiti TV.
"We do not want the oil. Take it. Take it. But build the country. We want to live, we want to travel, we want to walk. It cannot always be the pressure of war, war, destruction, destruction," one villager said. "Enough, enough. We are fed up, fed up. Long live the soldiers."
About a dozen other Iraqis watched from a distance.
The soldiers were seen arriving in at least three armored vehicles and one truck; two helicopters flew by in the distance.
At one point, a soldier tore large pieces from a large poster of Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president.
One villager took off his sandal and repeatedly hit what remained of the painting of Saddam's face.
The one woman spoke emotionally to the soldiers for a few moments, but it was not clear which comments were hers.
The tape showed a group of about eight adult men and children dancing and singing, "Saddam, your days are numbered. Saddam, your days are numbered."