What's with this "cute little white trash country girls" thing? It would seem that you've just joined the badmouthing bandwagon.
Since when has criticism become an "evil" thing? Unless I'm mistaken this country was settled by disgruntled europeans who were unable to criticize their leaders. Are you advocating that we turn into a 16th century european empire where only one religion is tolerated and freedom of speech isn't?
Please understand that nobody wants Saddam in power and also remember that the reason he is in power is because "daddy" Bush failed to have him removed after the Gulf War. My perception of Iraq and Saddam has definitely changed. He's a tyrant in a secularly ruled Muslim land. His ruthlessness in eliminating all political opposition has definitely led to his ability to remain in power as long as he has.
There is an ethnic group in eastern Turkey and northern Iraq called the Kurds. They are landless and stateless, kind of like the Roma in Eastern Europe. The "prez" was going to sell the Turks the right to basically annhiliate both the Turkish Kurds and the Iraqi Kurds in exchange for a few billion dollars and the right to invade Iraq from Turkey.
But hey, what is a little ethnic cleansing amongst Nato Allies, at least the Turks weren't part of "old" Europe.
Not only will the prez' war have a negative impact on the Kurds it will also negatively impact the lives of millions of Iraqis. The Bush Admin. is screaming about WMD in Iraq but who is standing up for all the Iraqis injured in the Gulf War from the depleted uranium weapons used by the US? We know they cause a great deal of harm, Iraqi hospitals are filled with the living dead. Why don't we stand up against their use? Is it more "moral" that we use chemical weapons to take out Saddam?
I hope you are truly friends with Toast. It was the French who were responsible for the American liberation from the British. It shames me to see how poorly we are treating such a staunch ally. Now more than ever we need "un voix de raison".
If idiots are defined by their belief that human life is to be valued above all else, then yes they are useful.