I've been thinking... it seems that Iraq does have biological and chemical weapons, since it has been documented that the United States has supplied these arsenal; whether Iraq has nuclear weapons is debatable, I am not familiar with this scenerio.
Perhaps Iraq would be a threat to our country and our domination if Iraq would pursue and succeed in intimidating nearby Middle Eastern countries with its weapons and therefore challenge U.S. interests in the region. Considering the advantage that oil would allow American corporations and our government in obtaining a strategic influence in this region, regardless of the assumption that Saddam Hussein is an undesirable, dangerous madman, in my opinion, wouldn't a war in this region assist in perpetuating American imperialism and the disproportionately high share of wealth and resources that the U.S. holds?
It would seem that a war with Iraq would have several, although selfish, benefits: to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein, and to gain access to Iraq's abundant oil reserves, among other, possible objectives.
My question is, besides the fact that wars are extremely horrible and they should be avoided at all costs, wouldn't it appear that, from the perspective of a powerful nation such as the U.S., that, in order to maintain our global domination and exploitation, wars such as these are necessary? This is not to imply that I'm trying to give justification for such destructive interests, but a friend mentioned to me earlier today that wars are started by those on top, and it just so happens that the U.S. is currently on top. I think these are valid concerns that should be debated. I would like some feedback on others' opinions, because for several months I have been against war, and now I am confused as to the objectives behind the war and the implications they would have for the United States as a whole.
I am aware that the U.S. spends nearly $400 billion dollars on our military, so I am not oblivious to the fact that this amount of spending would take away much-needed finances from other services such as education and healthcare. I am also concerned that corporate interests have hijacked the American domestic and foreign policy-making networks in this country, and that citizen's voices aren't being heard. Perhaps a war on Iraq would merely serve corporate interests, but there are certainly connections between the corporate economy, the military, and the political directorate. (sure, I sound a lot like C. Wright Mills, but sociology is a major foundation for attempting to analyze political structures)
Anyone with opinions on this potential war will be appreciated. Thanks.