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Re: What's really behind the bombing of Iraq?

As far as the question "Why did they leave Saddam in power?", I would 
argue that Saddam is useful to the US.  Removing him would have created a 
power vacuum and increased instability, possibly even the break-up of 
Iraq into three states, with disastrous effects on the balance of power 
in the region. A weakened Iraq however is desirable, particularly from 
the point of view of the very influential Jewish lobby in the US.  After 
all, Iraq posed a significant threat to the state of Israel. Iraq is a 
secular nation of around 17 million, with a highly educated middle-class, 
two rivers providing fertile soils, and relatively undeveloped oil 
reserves to rival those of Saudi Arabia. These are all factors that could 
have lead to a surplus of power in US eyes after Iraq's victory against 
Iraq in the eight-year war. Furthermore, the 1990 conflict gave the US an 
excuse for a physical military presence in the Gulf as never before, as 
well as influence over the Gulf states (who caused a global economic 
crisis in the form of the oil shock in '72 - something the US never wants 
to face again) and billions of dollars in arms deals with Saudi Arabia 
and Kuwait. All this is in addition to the fact that US foreign policy is 
usually that of a gun-weilding cowboy, with very little finesse and 
excessive dependence on popularity ratings at home. A "public enemy no. 
1" figure is useful in this respect and provides a good excuse and 
testing ground for the multi-billion dollar arms industry. The irony is 
that they created him in the first place! 
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