Saddam captured - Journal of Omnifarious
Dec. 14th, 2003
11:15 am - Saddam captured
I'm happy about this, but my happiness is tempered by a number of thoughts, some highly cynical, some not so...
- So, how carefully was this capture timed? Has it been timed to derail the various democratic campaigns just as they're starting to really get off the ground? Or maybe it's been timed so that the war crimes convictions will come along in September or October.
- Where's Osama bin Laden, the real threat? Near as I can tell, Saddam has never been in the least involved in financing any direct terrorism threats to the US, yet we captured him first. Why?
- If we consolidate our hold on Iraq, how soon before we drop the Saudi's as 'friends'? After all, it's quite obvious to me what the real purpose of the war was. It's purpose was to create a friendly Arab state in the Middle East. This whole Afghanistan thing was merely a convenient and handy justification that happened to be from the wrong place and person.
The truth is that Saddam was a brutal and nasty dictator. But, if that was really the reason we decided to remove him, there are another 20-50 small countries we ought to be invading right now too, many with leaders who are far worse.
The Bush administration had the war on Iraq planned before he even became president. Though, interestingly enough, he never bothered to tell anybody. His administration has grasped at publicly palatable justifications ever since that decision was made outside of the light of public inquiry.
The drive has always been find bad things to say about Saddam, not reveal any believable justification. The administration pressured the CIA into saying things that the organization didn't feel were justified by the available evidence, just so the administration could bolster it's case. This means that the administration had other reasons that it wasn't willing to state publicly for why they wanted to invade Iraq. If they had been publicly palatable reasons, there would've been no reason to pressure the CIA into providing them.
I wish I knew what the real reasons were instead of having to speculate. I find that being a citizen of a country who's government undertakes major military campaigns on a pretext while not revealing the actual reasons for doing so to be a very uncomfortable situation. Since the fiction is that our government is a government of the people, that means I'm indirectly responsible for the death of thousands of people, and I don't even know why.