Skip to comments.Libertarian Harry Browne: Bush Did Not Liberate Iraq
Posted on 12/17/2003 8:04:12 PM PST by Commie Basher
Sunday's capture of Saddam Hussein made it a great day a great day for empty rhetoric and meaningless posturing by politicians and journalists.
Somehow it was assumed by politicians and the press, without explanation, that Hussein's capture has vindicated the Bush administration's attack on Iraq. But from September 2002 to March 2003, George Bush said nothing about capturing Saddam Hussein. Instead, Bush talked incessantly about weapons of mass destruction and Iraq's ability to attack the U.S. with them as well as Al Qaeda camps in the Iraqi desert. How does finding Saddam Hussein make Bush's claims any more true than they were last week?
We're told that that the Iraqis can see now that Saddam Hussein isn't coming back to power as though they couldn't figure that out for themselves with 130,000 foreign troops occupying their country.
But in the wonderland occupied by politicians and journalists, the capture of Hussein must mean that all the resisters also known as "loyalists of the old regime" would have no more reason to resist.
Some politicians said that if anti-war protesters had their gotten way, Hussein would be in his palace today, instead of in jail. Yes, and if the anti-war protesters had gotten their way, several hundred Americans and thousands of Iraqis would be alive today, instead of dead.
The press played its part in the celebration. Wolf Blitzer of CNN said that Hussein's capture proves to the world that "the President of the United States means business" whatever that means.
In fact, we've known all along that George Bush means business the business of getting reelected.
There were plenty of TV pictures of Iraqis firing AK-47s into the air. But no inquiring minds bothered to ask how everyday Iraqis could be carrying AK-47s out in the open, when the American occupiers have imposed strict gun-control edicts and are at war with resisters.
What if Saddam Hussein says that all the dreaded Weapons of Mass Destruction were destroyed years ago? Well, we know that George Bush believes in preemptive strikes, and he's already made one on this front. On Monday, he said of Hussein:
Hes a liar. Hes a torturer. Hes a murderer. . . . Hes a hes just he is what he is: Hes a person that was willing to destroy his country and to kill a lot of his fellow citizens. Hes a person who used weapons of mass destruction against citizens in his own country. And so its he is the kind of person that is untrustworthy and Id be very cautious about relying upon his word in any way, shape or form.
In other words, "Believe him only if he confirms what I've been telling you for the past year."
Donald Rumsfeld said that Hussein's capture means that the Iraqis can now be free in spirit, as well as in fact.
Ah yes, liberated Iraq. It is now a free country. George Bush has liberated it.
How has Iraq been liberated? Let me count the ways . . .
1. The country is occupied by a foreign power.
2. Its officials are appointed by that foreign power.
3. Its citizens must carry ID cards.
4. They must submit to searches of their persons and cars at checkpoints and roadblocks.
5. They must be in their homes by curfew time.
6. Many towns are ringed with barbed wire.
7. The occupiers have imposed strict gun-control laws, preventing ordinary citizens from defending themselves making robberies, rapes, and assaults quite common.
8. Trade with some countries is banned by the occupying authorities.
9. The occupiers have decreed that certain electoral outcomes won't be permitted.
10. Families are held hostage until they reveal the whereabouts of wanted resisters much like the Nazis held innocent French people hostage during World War II.
11. Protests are outlawed.
12. Private homes are raided or demolished with no due process of law.
13. The occupiers have created a fiat currency and imposed it on the populace.
14. Newspapers, radio stations, and TV are all supervised by the occupiers.
This is liberation in the NewSpeak language of politics.
Words like freedom just don't seem to mean what they used to, do they?
"What kind of idiot [would] think it would be acceptable to sell or make available narcotics to individuals under 18 years old?"
And this is the voice of the Libertarian Party?
If Bush had not taken action in March 2003, Saddam Hussein would still be in power and several hundred Americans would not have lost their lives in Iraq. Some Iraqis are dead who might otherwise be alive...but if Saddam were still in power, probably a much larger number of Iraqis who are alive now would be dead, and the Democrat who would take over in January 2005 might be facing a Saddam with nukes.
Well, their memories are evidently better than Harry's - last time we paid them a visit Saddam did come back and they were slaughtered like sheep. That sort of thing can leave a bad taste in your mouth. Either Harry's being disingenuous here or he's really too stupid to realize that a lot of Iraqis really did think Saddam might come back - say, if Dean or a fool named Browne should ever sit in the Oval Office?
I'm leaning toward the "stupid" explanation myself.
I see. So Saddam, brutal dictator that he was, posed no threat to those folks by remaining in power?
Harry Browne is still thought by some Freepers to be pro-life (he isn't). Perhaps the same ones will continue to believe he's pro-American (he isn't).
Your post was confusing enough, and then I read that -- the kicker, if you will.
Why are YOU here on FR?
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