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Friday, January 09, 2004

Context, Iraq and Howard Dean

Media pundits are attacking Howard Dean saying he wasn't happy that Saddam was captured.

Actually, Dean's now-famous "the capture of Saddam has made America no safer" line was preceded by "the capture of Saddam is a good thing which I hope very much will keep our soldiers safer, but". [reference]

Where in the world does "the capture of Saddam is a good thing" mean "I wish he wasn't captured"? Maybe to the corporate media it means that. But, in my world, up is up and down is down.

Plus, the truth is that America isn't safer without Saddam. America is actually far, far worse off now that Islamists can point to Iraq as proof that America is aggressively trying to eliminate Islam.

Up until a few years ago, these Islamists were seen as radical and crazy by most Muslims. Now with America dropping bombs all over the Middle East, they are becoming more mainstream. Muslims, witnessing America's attack on Iraq, are more likely to sign to join extremist groups. If your religion was attacked, wouldn't you do the same?

Violence begets more violence. George Bush, with his aggressive policies, has probably done more to harm the goodwill and overall safety of this country in 3 years than Saddam did in his lifetime.

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