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C. Michael Walker

death always saddens me, even when necessary. I don't fault the president on this, I feel hie/our response to 9/11 has been appropriate for our own protedtion and the protection of the Iraqi people. sure there is a cost

what would the cost be of not doing what we did? too high in my mind

God bless you

Mike

Darren,
I must respectfully disagree with your rant. God has given to governments the just roll of punishing the wicked and rewarding the righteous. Further, He clearly delineates in the Old Testament that this applies both to individuals and nations. The Scriptures also infer that a godly government protects the interests and lives of its people.
Sadaam Hussein and his regime fell under both categories. The Bath government clearly and indisputably was wicked. They stole money from the public treasury for their own personal benefit while their people lived in terror and complete poverty and hunger. They also raped, murdered, and tortured their own citizens at will. At one point they even used mustard gas to kill hundreds of thousands of their own citizens.
The Bath government also clearly represented a threat to the interest and people of United States. They openly professed their desire to produce weapons of mass destruction and use them against the people of the United States and although no WMDs were found during the invasion, they had demonstrated their ability to manufacture and use them as they had already done so on their own citizens. They also offered safe haven to terrorist organizations and certainly had the ability to arm them.
These facts make it a righteous and just endeavor to bring down such a government by force if necessary. The idea represented in the statement “one death is just too much” is fundamentally flawed. Would you say the same about the death of Jesus Christ? Was His death “too much” of a price to save the lives of many? You might argue that Jesus’ death was voluntary, that is true just as over 2000 American soldiers have laid down their lives voluntarily for this cause. The 30,000 Iraqis who have died include both military and civilian casualties in this conflict and many were killed not as a result of American action but as a result of the terrorist insurgents who continue to slaughter the people of Iraq for their wicked agenda. The United States America has freed the people of Iraq from the tyranny of an unjust and wicked regime they have returned to the people its wealth. This is evidenced by the overwhelmingly improved quality of life in Iraq despite the fact it is still a war zone. Before the war less than 12% of the nation had running water; today over 80% of the population has running water. Schools, museums, municipalities, parks, businesses have been built and flourish whereas before the war they were in ruins. The wealth transfer is most evident by the number of Iraqis who now own cell phones, before the war less than 2% of Iraqis owned cell phones, now over 65% own cell phones. Over 70% of Iraqi citizens say that their quality of life has been vastly improved since the war started despite the fact that they are still in the middle of that conflict. Iraqi Citizen, voter Betty Dawisha, was recently quoted as saying, “Anybody who doesn’t appreciate what America has done and President Bush, let them go to hell”. This does not sound like an Iraqi who thinks the loss of life was not worth the gains. Every gain costs and all freedom is bought in blood; if blood is not shed to preserve it, bondage will be the result.
Additionally, the U.S. policy of seeking out terrorist and prosecuting them militarily wherever they are found seems to me to be a just cause. Punishing those who would persist in wickedness is the righteous role of government. Taking the fight to them protects the innocent American citizen. Whether or not The United States of America is a Christian or righteous nation is irrelevant. If it acts justly by enforcing the Biblical value of human life by protecting its citizens from murderers and terrorists it is doing the Lord’s work. Example of similar behavior being commanded of Israel in the Old Testament are numerous and if the innocent family members of the wicked are killed as a result the Old Testament treats that as the unfortunate result of the sin of the perpetrator. While a righteous nation should work to minimize such “collateral damage” it can not entirely be avoided and justice and freedom be preserved. Many people say that the height of American arrogance was the invasion of Iraq. But I wonder if the height of American arrogance is found in the fact that many Americans would say that the injustice that was evident in pre-war in Iraq was their problem not ours and that we now have no business being there. They seem to be content to watch hundreds of thousands of Iraqis die from afar.
The truth, as you have stated, is that every life is valuable to God. It is however just and good to preserve the lives of the “innocent” or “righteous” by dispatching the lives of those who would seek to take them. My Christmas prayer and hope is that the new Iraqi nation will experience true freedom and hopefully thereby understand and experience the blessings and gifts of God. To all the troops whose lives are at risk to accomplish that and to the President who had the courage to make a decision that will lead to it – I say Godspeed and Merry Christmas!

Mike

PS: I love you, Darren! See you Saturday!

D

Mike, long epistle dude!

I’m aware of the statistics you have quoted and line of reasoning you have taken. The opposing argument has just as many stories and statistics to prove their point of view as well. But I’m not going to argue them here.

My rant was an emotional response to the apparent callousness of the current administration when it comes to human life. “One life is too many” stands as a counterpoint to the minimization of human life that such an inexact and politically careless statement made by our president.

As to the legitimacy of our government’s military justification for the war in Iraq, I simply don’t see it as you do.

I believe that we are no safer now than we were before the “War on Terror.” As a nation we are simply more aware of a vulnerability that has always existed and will continue to exist.

So my friend, I hope we can agree to disagree on this issue.

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