[OPE-L:8510] Re: Re: Socialism and War

From: rakeshb@stanford.edu
Date: Tue Feb 25 2003 - 12:17:14 EST

Quoting gerald_a_levy <gerald_a_levy@msn.com in 8509>:

> A possible military confrontation with North Korea is far different
> from a military confrontation with Iraq.  By way of analogy, the
> US government in the early 1980's wanted to overthrow the
> governments in (among other places) Cuba and Grenada.  Why
> did they invade Grenada and not Cuba?  Well, they thought they
> could invade Grenada within a very brief time with minimal
> projected casualties. 

As my post indicated, I don't think this is a good analogy. The 
nature of US interests in the Middle East is far different than in 
Cuba, Grenada or Korea for that matter.  The US is not going to 
war against Iraq simply because it will be easier to win than a war 
against North Korea. 

My point remains this:  I don't think that the US war drive can be 
explained by the fact that the war itself will probably be quick and 
successful and that a parade which will secure Bush's re-election 
will follow.  It seems that you are accepting what can be called a 
"domestic poltical" explanation for Bush's war drive. And then 
specifiying that given the need for a war to rally the electorate and 
ensure re-election, Bush has chosen Iraq because it will prove 
relatively easy to conquer. 

Of course this may not be what you are implying but you have not 
yet offered your own your own positive explanation for US plans to 
oust Saddam and occupy Iraq--are you in agreement with George 
Caffentzis for example?  I am arguing against both George's ideas 
and an explanation which is weighted too heavily towards 
domestic political considerations.  

It's also not clear to me that, tragically,  the Bush administration 
has not lost all focus on the Korean crisis. 


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