That is to say 4% of the population. It is the direct consequence of our brutal conquest. Is it what democracy is about?
Democracy is not about giving power to evil. It is about giving power to the people.
Do the people want their power to be used for evil? No. Do the people want their power to be used to protect them? Yes.
Are the government leaders fooling us? Are they saying they are trying to protect us? But, actually have ulterior motives? Democracy can be used to vote them out when it is discovered they do not have the people's best interests at heart.
Do you really want me to answer your questions?
Since you assume that we're bringing democracy in Iraq why is it that Sunni Muslims control the region with the Kurds? Why is it that we permitted the genocide of several existing tribes of Iraqis? Why is it that now we are exploiting Iraqi oil?
It is time that the majority of hubpages' readers grow up and investigate more seriously instead of swallowing blindly what mainstream media says.
...well, thank you for letting us know what is really going on. How do you get your news?
Since I get my news from several sources, I, too, would like to know how maxoxam41 is so much more informed than everyone else at HP's. Maxoxam41, care to elucidate us?
Why don't you ask Dennis J Kucinich? He is my source. I don't know where you get your source but it is obviously and conscientiously limited. Why do I have access to a broader source and not you?
Contrary to a million of Iraqis you are alive.
Lets just accept that I am really quite ill-informed. Okay? Now don't get all irritated at my question, but…
- how did they die? I mean, what was the "brutal conquest?"
But you should be informed since your country is involved. Do you remember Fallujah, Basrah? Massacres perpetuated by our mercenaries (Blackwater to cite one among 20 different mercenary armies), our army... We infiltrated ISIS on Iraqi soil. And, now, again we are attacking Iraqis...
globalsearch.ca or globalsearch.org, voltairenet.org are a good source of info
Fallujah (Arabic: الفلوجة, al-Fallūjah Iraqi pronunciation: [el.fɐl.ˈluː.dʒɐ]; Aramaic: פומבדיתא Pumbeditha) is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 mi) west of Baghdad on the Euphrates. Fallujah dates from Babylonian times and was host to important Jewish academies for many centuries.
Basrah is the capital of Basra Governorate, located on the Shatt al-Arab river in southern Iraq between Kuwait and Iran. It had an estimated population of 952,441 as of 2007, and 3.5 million of 2012.
Basra is also Iraq's main port, although it does not have deep water access, which is handled at the port of Umm Qasr.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (2007), a book by journalist Jeremy Scahill about the company Blackwater Worldwide
We are attacking Iraqis? We were supposed to be helping Iraq.
"The Obama administration appears to be trying to use the Iran issue in a way similar to how the Arab regimes use Israel in order to deny justice to their people and prevent them from participating in the government.
At the same time, the “Obama Doctrine” ignores recent polls showing that nearly 60% of Americans support the uprising in Bahrain and the region even if the uprisings lead to regimes more likely to oppose US policies in the region including US support for Israel.
These polls of American public opinion reflect true American values. The “Obama Doctrine” as selectively applied, does not."
Franklin P. Lamb
The Obama Doctrine is a catch-all term frequently used to describe one or several principles of the foreign policy of U.S. President Barack Obama. It is generally agreed that there is no actual Obama Doctrine. Wikipedia
It is not enough to pick an article. You have to read and face it with the reality of our world. If it contradicts the reality then you can assume that it is disinformation. A plethora of books are advised, once again, you have to challenge your intellect, does it fit or not the US (to cite one but not the least) history, background, present time?
What about questioning yourself? America wants and praises democracy whereas it doesn't even apply it domestically (why is that the US government decides to enter wars and not congress as stated by our constitution?) and internationally (international laws are scoffed at for instance, it is forbidden for any country to sell/give weapons to "Syrian rebels" for them to overthrow their government and in spite of it, we finance and funnel weapons terrorist groups...
'we finance and funnel weapons terrorist groups…"
I am so stupid I have no idea what this even means.
I guess you are. You acknowledged it. In that case why are you wasting my time?
I think you forgot a word. Why are you wasting ours?
unless you really meant we are financing and funneling weapons terrorists groups. Can groups be funneled? if so, to where?
Where do you think terrorists, weapons come from when referring to "Syrian rebels"? Which country in the middle east has a limitrophe frontier with Syria that makes my allegation possible? Is this country friend with the US? How do you see if a country is a friend? Presence of military bases, financing of the government...?
Fallujah and Basrah - really? These rebel/Al Quda strongholds are your proof?
What are you talking about? You are telling me that we went to Iraq with a flower in our mouths? Then read "Blackwater by Scahill" otherwise don't bother me with your version of facts. Go and convince people whose main source of information is like BethPerry, television.
Fallujah and Basrah are examples of resistance against enemies. Whose country is it Iraqis or Americans? If suddenly America is invaded by Iraqi mercenaries and army you are telling me that you want resist? Talk for yourself then. Then, you are NOT a patriot.
If you get your news from a single former Congressman, wow. No, I don't suppose that suggests any insulated or agenda-soaked world view on your part at all. Sorry I can't be as broad-minded to rely on a single source. I'll have to stick with MSNBC, FOX, CNN, ABC, Yahoo News, Aljazeera and the BBC and use that awful thing called common sense in determining the accuracy of the news I see and read.
It seems part and parcel of petty minds to assume that anyone will develop a critical thinking only based on one source.
It is interesting to see that your source is mostly audiovisual that is to say a very effortless and biased source. Even Jazeera, the Qatari channel is a US vassal therefore not independent at all. I understand why you are so misinformed and uninformed.
Kucinich does offer some common sense non-tow-the-line perspectives, but he also makes some outrageous non-reality statements. How do you pick and choose which to believe?
What about using a critical thinking and what I would call a bit of common sense and intelligence? Can't you do that? Is it that much of an effort?
He is talking about the ability to discern. It is not a matter of effort. Unless you are talking about flying over to the country and going to the right people to get the right answers. Who would you go to for the correct info, if you could go directly to the appropriate scene?
It is a matter of effort. To question leads to search, search to findings, then again you question until it fits your logic, a logic. But without the use of knowledge and reason it is vain.
I can tell you that I wouldn't go to an audiovisual mainstream media. You have plenty of independent websites and books to read.
Max I know you cite alternative news sources, but what are your sources for the claims that we supported the genocide of what tribes?
And since most data available contradicts your claims of the U.S. exploiting and benefiting from Iraqi oil, what are your sources to the contrary? Everything I find cites China as the biggest Iraqi oil benefactor.
What about Jeremy Scahill? As with Tarpley, you will shoot at the messenger? Or let me guess, you didn't read him either!
Which data are they? Which source?
Who is in Iraq since the assassination of Saddan Hussein? Is it the US or China? Who has military bases, mercenaries... in Iraq? The US or China? Let me guess again, you won't answer objectively because you will lose face.
August 8, 2014 - Two U.S. F/A-18 jet fighters bomb artillery of Sunni Islamic extremists in Iraq. President Barack Obama has authorized "targeted airstrikes" if needed to protect U.S. personnel from fighters with ISIS. The U.S. military also could use airstrikes to prevent what officials warn could be a genocide of minority groups by the ISIS fighters.
August 19, 2014 - In a video posted on YouTube, U.S. journalist James Foley, missing in Syria since 2012, is decapitated by ISIS militants. The militants then threaten the life of another captured U.S. journalist, believed to be Steven Sotloff.
September 2, 2014 - ISIS releases a video showing the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff's apparent executioner speaks in what sounds like the same British accent as the man who purportedly killed Foley. He's dressed identically in both videos, head to toe in black, with a face mask and combat boots. He appears to be of similar build and height. He waves a knife in his left hand, as did the militant in the video of Foley's death.
September 11, 2014 - The CIA announces that the number of people fighting for ISIS may be more than three times the previous estimates. Analysts and U.S. officials initially estimated there were as many as 10,000 fighters, but now ISIS can "muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria," a CIA spokesman tells CNN.
September 13, 2014 - ISIS militants post video on a website associated with the group, showing the apparent execution of British aid worker David Haines. This makes him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks. ISIS directs a statement at British Prime Minister David Cameron, threatening more destruction if Britian continues its "evil alliance with America." At the end of the video, the executioner threatens the life of Alan Henning, another British citizen held captive. The executioner appears to be the same one who killed both Steven Sotloff and James Foley.
It is impossible to calculate how many Iraqis Saddam killed, it is said he sacrificed 5 million in the war with Iran.
This not to say the west had any reason to attack Iraq other than the oil and personal gain of Bush, Blair and the cronies from hell.
5 million? Who said that? The same ones who said that he had weapons of mass destruction? You understand why I can't believe you and it seems to me to be simple propaganda to have our agenda to move quicker in the daedal labyrinth of the legislative. And how many men is the US government sacrificing? It doesn't count? But, my problem is that contrarily to the Iraqis, they chose to fight, to be a soldier...
I thought you of all people would know about the Iran Iraq war? As many as 10 million may have been killed and Saddam loved to kill Kurds as well. Nobody in Iraq was free and nobody in Iraq is free.
Are you talking about the same Saddam Hussein that we advised and supported in his invasion of Iran? It needed an American meddling in the Iraqi affairs for Iraq to invade Iran, didn't it?
Who told you that nobody was free in Iraq, our biased media? The same ones that said that there were weapons of mass destruction. I rest my case.
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