Debate #1: Why Did We Go Into Iraq?
As promised, The Yellow Line is beginning a debate series about the war on terror and the war in Iraq. All the questions we will cover can be found here.
The purpose of this series is to share the thoughts and ideas of all of us average citizens. Intense passion is welcomed, strong rebuttals are expected but keep the language focused on the issue and not on the person. The best advice I ever received is: try to assume that those who disagree with you are just as honest and just as reasoned in their position as you are in yours. That’s not always the case of course, but I do find it really helps to treat those with whom you disagree with respect.
It’s not about not getting angry (we all get angry) it’s about not defaming your opponents. There is so much divisiveness over the war in this nation that we can barely talk about it. That’s not good.
The only other point I want to make is that while all facts and figures are welcome, I’d like to keep this focused on the big picture and not get tied around what each specific fact means. Really, this is about opinions more than anything else.
I will be participating, but I’ll keep my own thoughts to the comments section.
Question 1 is: Do you feel we went to war because of WMD and specific threats or was the Bush administration more concerned about installing a democracy in the Mid-East and Iraq was the most obvious target? Or was there another reason? If so, how do you know?
Question 2 will be tomorrow and we’ll post a new question each weekday until we’re through (or until interest dies off).