Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Hey Pappy, Are n't You Gonna Do Some Politik'n..!!!

I've recently had a brief conversation with a dear friend of mine about the war in Iraq. Of course the conversation did not start like that and we honestly did not plan to end it there. Unfortunately, the conversation lacked a focal ingredient which is the availability of a savvy political brain. Therefore, if you have one of those, then I sincerely urge you to stop reading right now. Before I dive into the essence of the conversation, I think it is important to shed some light upon our political backgrounds and affiliations in order to decide whether our line of thinking is biased or justified or neither. My friend is a renewed catholic single parent, born to a dual religions parents and grew up as a rebellious individual who cherished experimentation and outside-the-box style of behavior after raising up in the shadows of her sister. Surprisingly enough, my friend is a republican who believes in the necessity of having something to believe in. Despite all the amazingly crazy decisions she made in her life, she is completely coherent, smart, and completely devoted to her only daughter and small family. I, on the other hand, was raised in a one dimensional society that sees things through the eyes of the government "a monarchy" and what they like to interpret as "religious/cultural/virtuous/bs... etc,." teaching. As a result, I grew up with a misleading sense of nationality and complete disregard to patriotic values. So my friend thought that the current trend of violence against America in Iraq is completely understood and should have been anticipated because it's ridiculous to expect any nation to accept with open arms the values that the US is trying to install in Iraq, even if these values are of freedom, self-regulation, and whatever good Samaritan American values you could think of. Therefore, in her opinion, even though the US attempted to relieve Iraq of a tyrannical regime, the unwelcoming signs are justified because the US has no right in imposing what they believe in on other nations regardless of how noble the idea is. In summary, no one likes to be forced to act in such a manner even if such enforcement was noble in nature. I had a major disagreement with her argument. Mainly, because of my skepticism when a governmental entity acts upon something. My whole take with respect to this war is centered on the fact that this war is a product of Xs and Os instead of Good and Evil. I feel that it's completely motivated by energy strategy and interests rather than the desire to impose societal freedom and liberty. This tyrannical regime in Iraq was not born yesterday and it's not the only one of its kind. However, for some reason, documentaries started showing up everyday on your tv screen and inciting you on the gruesome nature of Saddam's regime. Sadam yanked the Kurds in 1998 while the whole world was watching. In case you have not read that correctly, Yes it was 1998. So, why did it take the liberators almost 5 years to free Iraq and its people of its bad regime. Goodwill or something else?? You know what my guess is. If it was the US's intentions to liberate nations to harvest the tasty fruits of democracy, then Iraq is at the bottom of that list. My take is that, it's a war of interests. Some people can justify that as the price of freedom and global dominance that a country has to attain in order to preserve its interests. They might be right or not but my only take is that it's a sad reality that innocent people and soldiers are dying for a deceived reason. Why?? as Eric Bana as "Hector" once said: "for a one man's greed"