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A quiz for all our students here. How many unilateral, unprovoked wars (which were not started in response to attack on the aggressor) have been iniitated and killed 150,000 people in world history (150,000 being the the minimum amount even conservative UN figures show have been killed in Iraq). I can think of only a few off the top of my head before Bush and Iraq:

  1. Hitler- World War II- wars, and slaughter of Jews
  1. Joseph Stalin- killed his own people
  1. Vietnam

     There are probably a few more- All started by despots and war criminals.  

Originally posted to fas on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 06:08 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  What are you talking about? (0+ / 0-)

    You mean Iraq did not attack us?

    Sorry, stale joke. But surely there's other instances in that category, such as Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun.

    Actually with so much death and destruction all around, any kind of humor is inappropriate.

  •  Of course IRAQ is one (0+ / 0-)

    Iraq is of course the whole point of this inquiry. My point is that the Bush Iraq unporvoked invasion is one of only perhaps a handful of times in World history an unprovoked attack lead to death in such a large scale.

    My inquiry is who are the despots with whom Bush shares this grouping.

  •  Heaps, I'm sure (0+ / 0-)

    I'm sure there are heaps even in European history, from the Roman conquests through the calamitous 14th century and beyond.  How many wars ARE started in response to an agressor?  Most of them are, according to the propagandists (I've read that most Roman expansions got public support with the same kind of fear-mongering that we used with Iraq), but fewer are really defensive in fact.

    Poor me, I dig myself holes! Somebody marry me, I'm getting old! -- Sole

    by MediaRevolution on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:11:17 AM PST

  •  I suggest that you go and read the FAQ's... (0+ / 0-)

    Especially #4 and #24.

    Then delete this 'diary'.

    Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous. - Thucydides

    by Clive all hat no horse Rodeo on Wed Nov 22, 2006 at 08:17:39 AM PST

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