Dear members of our transatlantic discussion forum.
The war against Iraq is on. I would like to invite you to share your opinions with our transatlantic community so that we might better understand what goes on in your country and your minds. When you do so, please keep in mind that this is a very sensitive issue so please choose your words carefully.
Below are the first few statements from German and American students made before the beginning of the war and during the war.
Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2003
From: students in Hamburg
Subject: discussion about the war against Iraq
Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear pen-pals,
We have problems and worries about the planned war by US-America against
On the other side we fear, George W. Bush wants only this war because
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003
From: Garrett, Ohio
Subject: Re: [TAK] discussion about the war against Iraq
I see both sides of the arguement; however I am more Pro-War then
I believe Saddam is a tyrant and keeping his own citizens in camps and
gas chambers is wrong. No leader should ever commit such crimes against
humanity. I believe Iraq should be rebuilt as a Democracy where
Iraqi children can once see what it is like to have their God Given Rights.
Saddam does have weapons if you haven't seen he is only now destroying
them. If Saddam does not have any Terrorist links, why did North Korea
I believe something should be done before it erupts; War is neither
Also the sake of having war for Oil is absurd if the US needed Oil that bad (Which we don't) we would have taken it in the first Gulf War. I am not saying that France, Germany, Russia are not intitled to their beliefs but I believe something must be done before something happens to us the common citizens, civilians who were murdered during 9/11 is much different than taking out a Militiary Hate Terrorist Group.
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2003
I am in the middle about this. Yes, Saddam is a tyrant and
Pro war reasons: Saddam may have nuclear weapons that he can
give to al kieda and they could use the weapons against the
Anti war reasons: Saddam may not even have the weapons! the
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003
> I see both sides of the arguement; however I am more
Here you hear, that most/all of these"facts" are Fakes, and not right!!!!
>I believe Iraq should be rebuilt as a Democracy; where Iraqi
Why is only a democratic state a good state????
> Saddam does have weapons if you haven't seen
> he is only now destroying them.
Why are you so sure about that???
>If Saddam does not have any Terrorist links; Why did North Korea offer an aslyum for Saddam?
Because North Korea isn't America's best friend perhaps, and it's very difficult to decide, who is the bad person in this war: Hussein or Bush,
> And North Korea is also testing nuclear weapons
And the USA don't?
> I believe something should be done before it
do you think, that any iraqi woman has the feeling to become free, if bombs fall on their head??And have you thought that USA won't rebuilt Iraq, it will only destroy it! you haven't any detailed plan, how to democratisize Iraq, just 1 1/2 sheets in big letters!!!
You can`t really think, that this does improve to live in Iraq, the only result: much more victims than on 11/9(two towers/a whole state), a destoyed state, more nutrition problems, America got the oil resources, keep the land in poverty, Help orgenisations has to rebuilt--not the USA
> Also the sake of having war for Oil; is absurd if the US
The US is the biggest consumer of oil, and do it attack any of the neigbours states of Iraq, which committed perhaps much more crimes?
>I am not saying that France,
It won' be just that !!
> My Opinion > Garrett,
Thank you Garrett for your opinion, I think every person is influenced by its surroundings, but I think you doesn't get all the information i get and I don't get all what you hear. For example, do you know, that many people think , that this war will only be a personal revenge of Bush, who has never been in another state than America, before his presidentship, and wants to continue his fathers work. That the US overrate itselves: it tries to play the only "good" state : a court, without authorisation. And one man can do whatever he wants, altough nearly the hole world is against him.
Perhaps I'm not very objective, but it's difficult when many people will die because someone thinks that a people is better and more worse then another.
It would be nice if you answer to my difficult statement
PS..Can you imagine, to leave your land, which is YOUR land, because e.g. China says:if you don't leave your land i'll attack it?
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003
I now say I am fully Pro-War, It has been proven he has weapons
This is my opinion maybe you don't agree but I strongly believe in the cause now and I am behind my brothers all the way.
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003
Now I am fully Anti-War. Yes he has weapons, if not why was he able to bomb Kuwait. But I am not sure if he had begin a war.
You can't say that iraqis aren't with Hussein, its the same as if you would say all americans aren't with Bush. Now its to late to stop the war. I think American people can't imagine how it is a war in his own land, the only thing you had was 11/9, and you tried to beat back. For u its much easier to say: ok lets have war.
I can understand why you are now fully behind your brother, I would it be too. If you fight, you want to know that you fight for the right thing. I think that this war wasn't necessary.
Do you know that foreign reporters doesn't get information about the war exept the information of the american TV. Isn't it a one-sided position? In Iraq you can only hear iraq propagands to resist etc. and in America you can hear the same in a more persuading speech.(naturally pro US)
I am so sad about all that. I dont think that anyone is really bad, i just think that neither US peolpe nor Iraqis have thought of the consequences, its nearly as if two little child would argue who has start the argument and who ist bigger, better or something like that.
I hope that you WILL restore a republic Iraq.
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003
I am not out to disrespect anti-war personel. As for one sided
God Bless America and the U.K. and everyone else.
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