Here is the scoop on Iraq.
We aren't going to war because Hussein is being a bastard, or because Bush's foreign policy staff wants to fix what they left undone in 1991. We are going to war for two basic reasons.
Reason one. The Mossad's intelligence arm has told Sharon that Iraq will become a nuclear player sometime in the next few months. Sharon has told Bush in a nutshell, "Either you go in and take Hussein out, or we will, and we won't stop with Baghdad"
Not unlike Michele Corleone in the Godfather, Sharon will take care of all "Family Business" in one strike. Nuking Damascus, Tehran, and Riyadh are not at all out of the question once the missiles start flying.
This would no doubt completely destabilize the entire region. Knowing this, Bush has decided it is better for an outsider (the US) to go knock off Hussein, rather than inflaming a blood feud between two groups of people who absolutely hate each other.
If you are scratching your heads as to why congressional democrats are going along with this, you need look no further than the biggest Political Action Committee in
Washington. The Israeli Lobby.
Now, before you think I'm some neo-nazi, I'm not. I have nothing against Jews, or Israel. They are a small country, whose people have endured more than their share of tragedy. Israel is only doing what it believes it has to do to survive. They are taking advantage of a big, stupid, greedy, corrupt American political system to get what they want or need, and our political system is like this because we as Americans are stupid, greedy, and corrupt ourselves, so it should be no surprise that our government is representative of its citizens.
The second reason we are going to war, is basically icing on the cake. Iraq is sitting on perhaps as much oil as Saudi Arabia has. After Hussein is gone, when Iraq begins pumping millions of barrels of oil into the world oil market, the price of oil will drop dramatically. Most of the nations that produce oil have borrowed money based on the current oil price as collateral. If that price is cut in half, then their interest rates will shoot way up, and it will really hit their economy's hard.
Because of this, these countries are opposed to removing Hussein. Not to mention that most of these counties themselves are headed by corrupt dictators who seized power in coup, or as part of a royal succession. Either way, they are not democracies, and currently they can always point to Iraq and say, "there is a real bad dictator". If Hussein is replaced with a real democracy, then there own people may ask why can't we get rid of our dictators?
So you ask, what gives the United States Government the right to unilaterally go and take something that doesn't belong to it just because it has value and it has the power to get away with it? I feel the same way every time I pay my income taxes.
The little dirty secret here is that the people who want to get rid of Hussein the most are the Iraqis themselves. However the can't voice this because the run the risk of having the Iraq's secret police nail their testicles to floor of their own houses, while they are still attached to them. (yes, its hard to imagine that there are places like this in the world.).
Like it or not, our economy (the world economy) runs on oil. Plain and simple. It may not be clean, it may not be sustainable, or good, but that's the reality of the situation.
Before you start squealing about the wonders solar power, or why we should all be burning the methane from our own poop to power our cars, I want you to ask yourself a question. Why don't you go get P.H. D. in engineering and re-invent that secret power source that you claim the corporations are hiding from the rest of us because of greed? If all you are doing with your life is getting tear gassed by the police at a I.M.F. protest rally you are wasting your time.
So basically the reason we are going to war is because you are too lazy or stupid to invent Cold Fusion in a bottle!