The Council’s Ruling — Iraq

September 8, 2008, 12:00 pm; posted by
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This and every Monday, the Bweinh!tributors, having convened in secret for hours of reasoned debate and consideration, will issue a brief and binding ruling on an issue of great societal import.

This week’s question — Given the benefit of hindsight, was the war in Iraq worth its cost?

The Council was unable to agree on a rationale, but gives a tentative ruling of “yes.”

David offers this opinion, joined by Djere and Connie:

Yes. Saddam was a bully who invaded two neighbors and was our sworn enemy. He continually violated UN-imposed restrictions and his war machine needed to be dismantled to give us a chance to stabilize the Middle East.


Tom offers this opinion, joined by David and Djere:

Can you put a price on the freedom of 28,221,181 people?


Steve offers this opinion, joined by Kaitlin:

It could go either way, but I lean toward yes. For all the rabid, baseless foaming of its opponents, I believe history will vindicate the war as measured, efficacious, and transformative.


Chloe offers this opinion, joined by Steve:

When the children of this war have grown up knowing democracy and become democratic voters, then we will know the war has been a success. If, however, they grow up angry or weak and either choose fundamentalism or choose to do nothing about fundamentalism, we will know the war has failed.


Kaitlin offers this opinion, joined by Josh:

We’re not at the point of hindsight yet.


Mike offers this opinion:

I still don’t know…


Erin dissents, joined by MCB:

No, it wasn’t. It has cost lives unecessarily, greatly damaged the USA’s foreign credibility, put us further billions of dollars into debt, was based on faulty information/oil lust/personal Bush family past-clearing issues…


Job played no part in the determination of this issue.

Next time: How relevant is a political candidate’s private life to his or her performance in office?


1 Comment to “The Council’s Ruling — Iraq”

  1. Steve on September 8th, 2008 4:33 pm

    You may not be able to put a price on freedom, but that doesn’t mean it’s always worth the cost.

    That said, I can’t agree with the cynicism of the dissent. Our president sacrificed thousands of lives to make billionaires a few million more dollars? Really?

    Oh, and on the issue of our standing abroad, pro-American governments have since been elected in France (Sarkozy, 2007), Germany (Merkel, 2005), and Italy (Berlusconi, 2008). Iraq gave spoiled socialist Europe the chance to cluck their tongues at uncultured America — but they also notice that a failure to face the spectre of radical Islam will soon result in subservience to Sharia. Given their woeful birth rates, it may already be too late.

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