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Martin Eden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-04-03 04:59 PM
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26. the POINT is only as good as the analogy...
and the analogy is anorexic (very thin).

The post-war problems are vastly different, and the Civil War was just that an internal conflict. The combatants had a common history, language, and religion. Iraq was invaded by a foreign power, and the struggle has incited people in neighboring countries to join the resistance.

The Civil War was fought for many reasons. Regional economics & tariffs were part of it, but slavery was a major factor. The agitation of the abolitionists, the Dredd Scott decision, and John Browns raid were tearing the nation apart over the slavery issue. The biggest bone of contention was the admittance of new states would they be slave or free? The Missouri Compromise was abandoned in favor of the Kansas/Nebraska Act (popular sovereignty) and Kansas erupted in bloodshed between factions for each side.

The South seceded to protect their peculiar institution and because the election of Lincoln tipped the scales of federal power unacceptably towards the North. The North fought primarily to preserve the Union and after 1863 also to free the slaves. Many northerners did not fight for the slaves, but for many others it elevated the conflict to a noble cause.

This cartoon seeks to compare the freeing of the slaves with the liberation of Iraqis, and the forming of our more perfect union with the development of democracy in Iraq, contending the sacrifice is worth it.

The problem with this is that we did not invade Iraq to liberate them or to spread democracy or even to eliminate WMD we invaded to slake our thirst for oil, enrich corporate America, and to advance the agenda of deluded neocon ideologues who think they can remake the world with military might.

To compare their motivations with that of Lincoln is offensive and ludicrous.

And, as opposed to those who gave the last full measure in the Civil War, our troops in Iraq WILL have died in vain, because the efforts of the neocons are doomed to failure
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