By Regis H. Murphy, Jr.
The amount of money, time, material, and conversion of Iraq to standards of compliance necessary for them to be accepted by the United States can be much more easily solved, I believe, simply by announcing that Iraq is to be the next "State!" We could simply allow Iraq to raise their own taxes and be responsible for the development of their own standards of living. Roads, bridges, railroads and airfields are already on an equal basis of most of our other states. Iraqi schools are seen on television are without heating, air conditioning, windows, adequate supplies, poorly qualified and sadly paid teachers-just like ours! The Iraqi schools do seem to have better security than ours do though. Maybe we should learn that lesson from them and provide more heavily armed men to guard our teachers from students and students from other students? Certainly the drug trade and drive-by shootings would lessen if the ones who are doing it would realize that they could be shot immediately!
Of course, some would say that we are becoming an empire builder. Think about it. Do you really care about world opinion when it comes to our security-the lives of our men and women in uniform and the welfare of 'our country'? I don't know about you, but I woke up this morning in a cold sweat worrying about what the French thought about me for not buying Perrier water anymore!
Can someone please explain to me tht rules of the 'world trade agreements' and who and when they were initiated? This morning's news mentioned that the United States may be in violation of those agreements while reporting President Bush's decision to discourage reconstruction bids for Iraq from those nations who refused to help us or actively worked against us.
Sounds fair to me. I can't imagine going back to someone who helped my enemy by supplying them with weapons or encouraging them to fight against me and saying 'thank you' for the beating! On the other hand, those who fought along side me would certainly be regarded when the situation presented itself. Help me with this please, and explain where I'm wrong?
Germany, France, Canada and Russia remind me of some teenagers I know. They simply love payday yet are reluctant to work towards it! Christmas time still does not allow those who are not deserving to receive presents is it? To forgive may be divine, but to this old country boy who surely is not divine, a spade is still a spade and that's the less I've learned when it comes to wishy-washy people who act towards me like the above mentioned countries acted towards US. The politicians who are on television voicing the opinion that we need these countries to help now with the rebuilding of Iraq, and we need to make up with them, are nothing less than weak hearted, semi-citizens who do not realize the power of our country! Apparently they have little faith in our people, or industrial capability, the loyalty of our real allies, our/their governmental leadership, and more to themselves.
Our military is performing their duties around the world in a magnificent manner and we should all be proud of them and awed at what they are doing for the countries we are rebuilding, for our security and for the development of the whole world. They will be recorded in history as the finest military machine ever known to man probably with Rome as a distant second!
Our follow-up and support of our military performance should be no less than the best it can be, the best our society can offer to continue and complete the transition of the countries we have freed from tyranny. The troops of the 101st and 82nd Airborne, the 1st Armored and 3rd Infantry divisions Special Forces and Rangers and other deployed units from all branches of our military are leading the way for us and some short sighted politicians just can't see the path to success they've provided for us.
The large corporations bidding of the contracts to rebuild Iraq are the direct reflection of the tenacity of the American people and the success of our economic way of life. Turn them loose! In one year from deployment of our companies of reconstruction, the infrastructure of Iraq could be equal to any country in the Middle East! Compare and remember some of the feats we've completed in our recent past:
We, as a nation, are the most terrible destroyers and the most proficient builders ever. Actually, I believe it's what makes us unique from any other society or country the world has ever known. Our military is doing its duty successfully and now it's time to back them up and "send in the teamsters!" Keep the faith, we can do it!
That's my opinion, and thank God "This Is Still America!"
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