500 dead Americans in Irag. Why?

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  1. Psychoblues
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    I watched his capture and examination on TV. Over and over again. I didn't see a man that should be so feared that WE AMERICANS should sacrifice 500 LIVES to topple. And I didn't see any reason why thousands of innocent Iraqis should be struck dead at our hands to insure it. Can you imagine GWB being dragged from such a bunker and what that might mean concerning his support and righteousness among the masses?

    Saddam had little overall Iragi support. Couldn't the most technologically advanced intelligence/military on earth have captured this obvious coward without the sacrifice of so many innocent lives?
     
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    Hmm, you would propose what? Not just you and I don't mean any disrespect, but it seems the 'less than conservative' crowd keeps posting challenges of one sort or another. IF no one has an answer that 'satisfies' the person asking, the administration is/was wrong. Something strikes me as off kilter with this game. I for one am only going to play when I want. IF that makes the challengers feel like they've 'won' a round, so be it.
     
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    In a hole in the ground in the country the size of california? probably not.

    Boy you liberals make it sound so easy. "All we gotta do is just go get em right?" WRONG It's a bit more complicated then that.
     
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    Liberty comes with a very dear price.

    The alternative is worse.
     
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    500 to liberate a nation of millions. Not to mention the saftey of some 250 million Americans as well as the rest of the world. Sounds like an astonishing and historical victory to me.
     
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    It does sound like a small price to pay when you put it that way. I think many Americans are laboring under the delusion that our technology should now or in the near future allow us to wage antiseptic war. I doubt that will ever happen.
     
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    I hope we never can wage an antiseptic war. A nuclear bomb is the closest thing we have experienced in terms of destroying life without risk to our own. The fact that lives are put at risk is a huge pressure valve to keep violence in check.
     
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    Unfortunately, that doesn't apply to everybody. Case in point is Bin Laden, Hezbollah, or the Chechnyan group.
     
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    Well, one could argue that missles fired from a ship hundreds of miles away or bombs dropped from thousands of feet in the air afford us the same advantage. The fact remains, though, that most of the oppostion in any war is at ground level, which requires committing troops to risk their lives. I totally agree that war should never be as easy as playing a video game. If that was to happen, the people pushing the buttons could pretend to themselves that they're not really killing human beings. Having thus cleared their conscience, there would be absolutely no check on the massive slaughter that would ensue.
     
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    Orson Scott Card wrote an incredibly interesting book on that topic, Enders Game.

    Essentially, war is fought by children who think they are playing a game - because what they are doing is to hideous for an aware adult to handle.

    An excellent read.
     

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