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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:42 AM
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Buchanan's column "Faith-Based War" : Democracy will not "cure" Iraq
http://www.antiwar.com/pat/?articleid=7674

Not a Buchanan fan, but he is a Conservative who has opposed this war, and this column dresses down B*sh's core rationale for "staying the course" (or the one he adopted when WMD evaporated), that spreading democracy will "defeat" the insurgents and terrorists in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.



Researching 25 years of suicide bombings, scholar Robert Pape found the leading cause was not a lack of democracy, but the presence of troops from democratic nations on lands terrorists believe by right belong to them.

The United States was hit on 9/11 because we had an army on Saudi soil. Britain and Spain were hit for sending troops to occupy Iraq. Russia was hit at Beslan because she is perceived as occupying Chechnya.

Democracy is thus no more a cure for terror than its absence is the cause. Osama has no moral objection to dictatorships. He means to establish one, a caliphate where mosque and state are joined, and sharia law is imposed without recourse to referendum.

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By January, we shall know whether Iraqi democracy is the antidote to terror Bush believes it to be. If it is not, he and we will have to face the grim consequences of his conversion to a utopian ideology in the name of which he pursued a potentially calamitous three-year war.


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bahrbearian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 05:45 AM
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1. Oh ,those Paragraphs will be Bookmarked and Used Thanks.
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 07:10 AM
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2. I think Pat likes reason
I am willing to bet the far right now hates him
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npincus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:59 AM
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3. i'd like to hear him trumpet this on the many MSM programs
he routinely appears in, similar to how he's made the rounds to comment about Miers.
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mnmoderatedem Donating Member (599 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 09:33 AM
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4. he's gone against the right wing grain all along on the subject of Iraq

and he's one of few conservative pundits who got it right from the start. For that, he's earned a certain amount of my respect...
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 12:26 PM
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5. Faith-based indeed. Passed a truck with a Marine in it with a home made
sign on the back window, "Proud to be an American", "Proud to be a Crusader"...there was a third but I didn't catch it.

These assholes are re-enacting the Crusades.
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