Unlike the Japanese, Germans, Vietnamese or North Koreans who never used their loses in war as an excuse for revenge on our streets, the Muslims with Koran in one hand and bombs in the other, will always seek revenge for our support of the Jews, betrayal of Palestinians and our invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. We should have known Muslims will forever attempt to revenge the murder of thousands of defenseless men, women and children listed as collateral damage we killed in our attempt to protect our oil interest in the Mid-East.
In 1990, Saddam Hussein accused his neighbor to the south, Kuwait, of siphoning off Iraqi oil by using slant drilling techniques. Kuwait was overproducing oil for the United States forcing the price of oil to fall. Hussein needed high priced oil to pay back $80 billion he borrowed to pay for the war with his neighbor to the east, Iraq. After a two day battle with Kuwait troops, Hussein proclaimed victory and announced Kuwait was the 19 province of Iraq.
President G.H. Bush sent his Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Fahd and other oil producing countries for strategy sessions. Bush then led the Allied forces into battle, regained Kuwait and forced Iraqi troops to retreat. After 100 hours of fighting, Bush made the decision to end the battle.
His military advisers, including VP Dick Cheney, advised Bush to push Hussein’s army back to Baghdad and remove him from power. Bush said he didn’t give the order because it “incurred incalculable human and political cost....We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq.” Cheney strongly disagreed with the presidents decision. Ten years later he would get his own revenge.
In 1995, Cheney was hired as CEO of Halliburton, a giant oil-services and infrastructure corporation. He was also an advisor to G.W. Bush in the selection of a Vice Presidential candidate in 1999. Claiming there were no viable candidates, Cheney volunteered to be Bush’s VP. After winning the election, G.W. Bush did what his father wouldn’t do-with advise from Dick Cheney, he invaded Iraq under a false pretense in 2003. Ironically, Halliburton was given $39.5 billion in Iraq-related government contracts. Sadly, the American people and Muslims were given the proverbial shaft.
Realistically, we can’t invade a theocratic regime and not expect terrorist attacks within our borders. Japan was a theocratic Shinto/Buddhist state. Emperor Hirohito was worshiped as a God as well as leader of his country. The difference is, Japan attacked us and Buddhist do not seek revenge.
G.W. Bush should have listened to his father instead of doing Cheney‘s dirty work. At least his father knew that war does not begin without consequences and doesn’t end with impunity for either side.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.