I am debating with too many people on Twitter. I give up. Most people seem to believe that EU and USA went to war in the Arab countries, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya because somehow we are making money doing so. They don’t get it that Europe and USA lost trillions in these wars. That their people, their economies… lost trillions and a horrible sacrifice of human lives on all sides. That yes there are some minor beneficiaries of this disasters like some people in the military industry and military contracting but that for the economies of USA, UK and some EU countries have been wasting $3 trillion only in Iraq as you can see here. And this is madness. Most on my twitter stream believe that somehow we will get paid back. How? Stealing their oil? Well that will never happen and should not happen. Did Saddam or Gaddafi not want to sell oil? Because now we get somebody else to sell us oil at $107 per barrel is that enough reason to invade Iraq? If all we wanted was to buy oil we would not go to war. We went to war because of some idiotic reasoning in the case of Iraq and some smarter reasoning in the case of Libya (where we invested much much less, worked with Libyans and got what seems to be like a good outcome). We went to war because we believed that toppling people who kill their people and sometimes foreigners with oil money don’t deserve to be in power. But the Iraqi money and human lives spent in the Iraq War are gone for good. We should have done nothing in Iraq, Saddam had nothing to do with Al Qaeda and he would have fallen like Gaddafi did, at a much smaller cost if we had waited a decade.

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Tudor on September 2, 2011  · 

Entirely true. The way I see things: We’ve been hit on 9/11. Hard. We needed to fight back Al-Qaida and catch Bin Laden. So we go to Afganistan. But someone says “Wait a minute! Why don’t we just invade Irak, so we can build a hudge American base there, right in the middle of the Arab world. It’s chess game, you just position your pieces on the board, at the very intersection of roads that connect Iran with all the other unfriendly. Oh, c’mon, isn’t that big? And then we can fight terrorists much better. The only problem is that Irak was not Hawaii or Antarctica, it had population in it. And it was Arab which functions totally differently than what we’ve been used to in the Western books. There was advice, but nobody listened. Very bad move.

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