(quote) Rebecca-654746 said: ....
As for protecting the vulnerable, do you realize how many Iraq civilians died in that conflict? And they were a nation that was pretty much defenseless against us. When I talk about defenseless I mean they didn't have the weapons to for example bomb New York the way Baghdad got bombed. .... But it also means that we have no clue what we unleash on others. And yes we have men fight in battles ,but something tells me even they would feel different if their children were getting bombed.
In general though the United States tends to shy away from nations that could fight back, see North Korea for an example.
I was tentatively okay with Afghanstan since they were harboring Bin Laden. ... You can't stop terrorism completely its the weapon of the powerless. ... As Christians we are commanded to seek peace by our Lord. We are also commanded to turn the other cheek. Why because you cannot fight evil with evil. Its the love of Christ that's going to change hearts and minds.
Those who live by the sword will absolutely die by it. All we did in Iraq is create a further cycle of violence.
Okay, lots and lots of problems here.
First, I would ask if you
realize how many Iraqi civilians died in the "normal course of business" of Saddam Hussein running Iraq? Was it okay for people to be murdered just as long as it doesn't happen on western TV?
Your discussion of Iraq's weaponry is completely irrelevant to anything.
Are you at all aware of the fact that the bombs that were, and to this day are, going off in Baghdad are ones detonated by the Iraqis themselves, not the U.S. or its allies?
I have no idea where you get the notion "we have no clue what we unleash..." I think you will find there are plenty of people in this country have more than just a clue on what goes on in wars. Likewise, your assertion that "they would feel different if their children..." has more to do with your own personal emotional reaction to what is going on than any objective evaluation of the situation.
Your assertion that the U.S. shies away from nations that could fight back is patently absurd on its face, and your use of N. Korea as an example is just bizarre. I suggest you look up exactly who it was we were fighting in the Korean War.
I have no idea why you keep referencing 9/11 in conjunction with Iraq. Everybody knows that they are not connected. Blatant lies of his opponents to the contrary notwithstanding, neither Bush nor anybody else of importance in his administration said that Iraq was about 9/11. This is just a red herring used by people trying to smear him.
Like it or not, the Church does promulgate a Just War Theory. It therefore follows that Christians are NOT
prohibited from fighting in wars. We can of course disagree whether this particular was just, but there is no blanket prohibition.
Your contention that we "created" a further cycle of violence ignores literally thousands of years of history. The various ethnic groups in Iraq have been killing each other for much longer than the U.S. has even existed as a nation. Again, just because it was easy to tune out and ignore the fact that the Sunis under Saddam were murdering Shiites and Kurds by the hundreds and thousands and dumping them in mass graves in no way alters the reality that it happened.