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Monday, January 06, 2003
Bush's further war plans are why an escalation of the war with Iraq is inevitable
The problem with this question is that it ignores a little fact about how a war between Iraq and the United States is currently going on. The Cambridge International Dictionary of English defines war as “armed fighting between two or more countries or groups.” A quick look at U.S. Bombing Watch shows that a fair amount of that has been going on in this not yet week old year.
What the question is really asking if whether or not the escalation of this war is inevitable. And on that matter, recent reports such as those saying that somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 U.S. personal are already in Iraq preparing for further warfare and that the U.S. military has begun to get the necessary troops in place for a ground invasion of Iraq seem to suggest that the answer is yes, an escalation of the war is inevitable.
But the real question is, why is all of this happening? The “Iraq is a threat” justification may have some merit to it but it should be noted that, as I argued on December 10, the Bush Administration doesn’t act like Iraq is a serious threat. There are also arguments about oil and/or bringing democracy to an Arab country but I tend to think the real reason is that if U.S. President George W. Bush can’t get his war on with Iraq after over 12 years of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein being demonized, then he has no chance does he have in putting together unprovoked wars against countries like Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Bush needs this war so he can have more wars.