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WAR!

A friend of mine...


I want to hear peoples' view on wars especially the just concluded Iraq war.
About the US led war in Iraq, I think One friend
of mine analyzed it very good. I would like to quote
it to you:
"Concerning the looming war in Iraq, the people here,
whether Chinese or American, are divided into three groups: those who are for the war, those against, and those who are ambivalent about the war.
Not long ago, when anti-war demonstrations were held all over the world, this country also saw huge anti-war demonstrations in its major cities, such as New York and Washington. It is clear that a big portion of the population are against the war.
Recent polls show that there are also many people who support
the war. Both sides have strong reasons for their positions. The anti-war faction believes that the war is motivated by the
American government's greed for oil. The pro-war faction holds that Iraq must be disarmed or it will pose a grave danger to the U.S. The truth may very well be found in the middle: that the American government has mixed motives. This explains why there are also many who don't know how to feel about the war. In fact, those who are against the war may also have mixed motives. France and
Germany, for example, are worried about losing their
control over Europe.
This concern is based on the fact that many relatively
poor former Soviet satillet nations have been absorbed into NATO and they tend to be pro-America because America provides them with
sizeable economic help.
Russia, being a major oil producing country, is benefiting from the
messy situation in the Middle East and the resulting high
oil price, and certainly does not want to see oil price go lower because of American presence in Iraq. All of these countries are also worried about the spread of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, and would like to see Iraq disarmed.
China is no exception. China imports a lot of oil and can
really be hurt by high oil prices. On the other hand, China does not want to see America in control of Middle East oil. China is similarly worried about the impact of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism. These mixed motives and concerns help to explain the varied reactions to the American preparation for war.
Whether America is waging war for imperialist purposes does
not depend on how the United Nations is involved; it really depends what America does after it wins the war. If it quickly gets rid of whatever mass destruction weapons there are there and pulls out, leaving the Iraqis to their own devices, then the war is not for imperialist motives. If, however, it assumes control of Iraq along with its oil fields, and tries to interfere with the formation of the post-war Iraqi government, America may very well be
criticized for practicing imperialism. Even then, I would not rush to conclusions. American occupation of Japan after WWII
crucially helped creating a democratic Japan. On the other hand,
British colonization of Africa and other places only left a history of misery.
Maybe Britain behaved the way it did because it did not see any
challenge to its supremacy whereas America needed a strong Japan to withstand the communist countries in the Far East. One may still argue that fighting communism by spreading democracy is not imperialism."
I will appreciate if I can hear your own views or what you think of mine.
--Governor 2001


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