Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Adolf Hussein Must Go

I was just in a discussion about the Iraq War where someone said it was America's duty to stand up and remove Saddam Hussein from power because he was a terrible dictator who killed innocent people.

Then he used that tried and true catch-all rhetorical question: What if we hadn't stood up to Hitler or Pol Pot?

Comparing Saddam Hussein to Hitler is like comparing Manuel Noriega to Stalin. I'm tired of these historical revisionists either ignoring the fact that the American public was tricked into invading Iraq because of their (imaginary) ties to Al Qaeda, or changing the reasons we deployed into some grand exercise in liberating a people from an evil despot.

He was an evil dictator, no question. And he used chemical weapons against the Kurds and Iranians. But that wasn't a good enough reason to invade, overthrow, and occupy.

And to answer the rhetorical question: We didn't. How long did Hitler's reign of terror and expansion last before we got involved? And it was Vietnam that drove Pol Pot out of power when they invaded during the Vietnamese-Cambodia War in the late 70's.

Not a very funny blog post, but I hope some people consider it over the next two months, when we hear this same rhetoric from the "Support Our Troops" thugs and "Nobama" hooligans.

To make it up to you, here's a rhetorical question that is funny:
If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitler came to power in 1933.
Olympics were held in 1936 in Berlin.
In 1938 Europe was at war over the forced annexation of Poland by both Hitler and Stalin.
Nobody cared about the forced annexation of Austria, the Sudetenland or Czeckoslovakia.
The wonderful US didn't enter to war to save Britain until Germany declared war on us December 11, 1941.
Yep - the US was really on the ball on that war. Why doesn't anybody remember Tojo and the fact that his Japanese Army invaded china in 1936? Oh yeah - we don't care about those 'yellow' people or the Africans.

9:35 PM  

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