Discover the Real Bush War

Written by Scot Aaron

Is war inevitable! Are you "for" or "against" military action? What ofrepparttar UN Security Council? Discover facts about:repparttar 126041 Gulf War, US support of Saddam Hussein inrepparttar 126042 Iraq-Iran War (1980-88), and US involvement with Bin Laden andrepparttar 126043 "Afghan Jihad" (1979-89). ______________________________

Discoverrepparttar 126044 Real Bush War (Part I)

As I sit down and write this article on Tuesday Night February 18, 2003 from my office in Germany,repparttar 126045 Bush (or Bush/Blair) War appears inevitable. Why is this?

Is it time to bash President Bush and his policies? Or should we chant Bush slogans?

Bush stated in his recent State ofrepparttar 126046 Union, "We are called to defendrepparttar 126047 safety of our people, andrepparttar 126048 hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility." Do you believe that it is America's responsibility to protect so-called FREEDOMS forrepparttar 126049 entire world? Many might rememberrepparttar 126050 United State's embarrassing role inrepparttar 126051 Nicaraguan civil war, or even Vietnam!

As an online reader, you, like everyone else has probably already chosen sides. Are you "pro" or "anti"repparttar 126052 Bush War? Whether you gravitate towards 1) espousing Bush's war rhetoric in protecting America's freedoms, or 2) you agree that UN weapons inspectors should continue with their job, I ask that you temporarily back away from any forlorn conclusions and discoverrepparttar 126053 REAL BUSH WAR.

Ultimately,repparttar 126054 Bush War -- like so many wars -- is about money and power. This goes much deeper than oil! I would like to take a brief journey through both recent and ancient history and discussrepparttar 126055 foundation of Bush's beliefs. We all know that he believes in Iraq's regime change and this means war. As we unravelrepparttar 126056 situation, you just might discover facts that you did not know before, along with historical realities you have not thought so much about.

FACT: On Friday February 14, 2003repparttar 126057 United Nations' 15 member Security Council agreed to continuerepparttar 126058 weapons inspection, ruling outrepparttar 126059 use of military force. France, Russia, and China, along with Germany,repparttar 126060 Vatican and rulers of many other countries are overwhelmingly againstrepparttar 126061 Bush War.

FACT: The US ledrepparttar 126062 Gulf War with Iraq in 1991. Kuwait was a part of southern Iraq through most ofrepparttar 126063 Islamic Ottoman Empire spanning from 1290-1923. The national boundaries making Kuwait and Iraq into separate countries were primarily established after World War II whenrepparttar 126064 British released most of their imperialistic territories. As always, Britain and other allies tried to hold on to economic (oil) interests by establishing pro-British leaders. Petroleum is Kuwait's primary natural resource. Kuwait is one ofrepparttar 126065 tiniest countries (about 120 x 110 miles) but owns approximately 10% ofrepparttar 126066 world's oil reserves. The per person GNP is higher than Italy, Israel, and more than 10 times Iraq. (According torepparttar 126067 2000 GNP report ofrepparttar 126068 World Bank and OECD, Kuwait has $19,040 per person versus $1650 for Iraqis.)

Before making a value judgement on Saddam Hussein's principles for taking over Kuwait in 1990, I could listen to both viewpoints dealing with oil, territorial boundaries, debt, Israel, UN favoritism, and other issues. Regardless of an opinion on Iraq and those countries for or against Iraq's takeover of Kuwait,repparttar 126069 UN Security Council passed their resolution on November 29, 1990. Member states could “use all necessary means” to force Iraq from Kuwait, if Iraq did not depart by January 15, 1991.

FACT: The government ofrepparttar 126070 United States provided weapons and support to Iraq duringrepparttar 126071 Iraq-Iran War of 1980-1988.

Rather than detail this war, it is known thatrepparttar 126072 United States was againstrepparttar 126073 Iranian regime change of 1979. The Shah of Iran was overthrown because of his corruption and ties torepparttar 126074 US and western powers which primarily revolved around Iranian oil fields. The Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini took over and severed any interactions withrepparttar 126075 US and western powers. Fearing thatrepparttar 126076 US would intervene and reestablishrepparttar 126077 Shah who fled torepparttar 126078 US, Iranian students took 66 American hostages fromrepparttar 126079 US Embassy. It was during this Iran Hostage Crisis thatrepparttar 126080 US supported Saddam Hussein in Iraq attacking Iran.

5 Tips To Keep Happy ... Even In Wartime

Written by David Leonhardt

The world is going downhill faster than an Olympic skier. Terrorists lurk around every corner. Climate change will soon meltrepparttar tundra and turn Iowa into a desert. Frankenstein foods are floodingrepparttar 126040 market, cleverly masquerading as innocent potatoes and beets.

And everybody is planning a war.

Sadam wants to unleash unspeakable biological evils. George Bush II wants to unleash unimaginable military might. Germany and France want to just unleash. North Korea ... need I say more? India and Pakistan want to run a nuclear relay race, and worst of all we won't even know whorepparttar 126041 good guys and bad guys are supposed to be. And I know why my Israeli friend moved back to New Jersey.

Just when we thought it was safe to sit back and take comfort in knowing exactly how bad things are, some fool has to come up with five tips to keep our spirits up in uncertain times. And that fool is me. So here arerepparttar 126042 tips:

1. Count your blessings. We have so much to be grateful for. Iraq's dime store missiles cannot hit anywhere too important (defined more specifically as "where I live"). Then, of course, there is allrepparttar 126043 "stuff" we have, likerepparttar 126044 flush toilet (I would not want to have lived 500 years ago!) andrepparttar 126045 remote control. We can be grateful for allrepparttar 126046 variety, such as 32 flavors of ice cream on every corner and at least a dozen flavors of tooth floss. We can count our education, our knowledge and our opportunities. And we have soooo much more freedom than our ancestors. Geez, with all these blessings to count, it gets hard to enjoy living in terror ofrepparttar 126047 big, bad world.

2. Smile at a stranger. Ifrepparttar 126048 world shows us a threatening face, why not paint that face with smiles to make it less threatening. Let's face it, if I smile at you, you'll smile back. The more I smile,repparttar 126049 more people will smile at me. The more you smile,repparttar 126050 more people will smile at you. If everybody follows my advice, at least dentists will be too busy to fear world events.

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