Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Iraqi Freedom

Back during the U.S. invasion of Iraq there was plenty of arguments going on between the War Party Libertarians and those of us opposed to the invasion. Many of those in the War Party faction argued that it was our duty to free people living under a brutal dictator. I suggested at the time that the odds were, with American influence, the Iraqis would likely end up less free than they were before we invaded.

I'll take this latest news from Iraq that I'm on the way to being vindicated. It took us over 200 years to start issuing various smoking bans in this country. It didn't take anywhere near that long for the Iraqis. Sure, it's just a smoking ban, but you can be sure there will be much more to come.

At least one Iraqi seems agree with me:

"We want Saddam back," said Ala al-Kanini, a patron at the store, referring to the late Iraqi leader. "You could do anything during Saddam's time."


At 10:23 AM, Anonymous New Baku said...

It's always interesting how the U.S. government picks and chooses WHICH brutal dictators to take out, don't you think? I think sometimes it behooves us to act against tyranny (and we tend to invoke Hitler as the obvious example). But expecting to stay and 'bring democracy' to other countries is laughable. The U.S. had to develop its own version of democracy; other nations must forge a path that works for their own people. Trying to export America's brand costs untold time, dollars, and human lives.


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