Date: 2003-04-08 13:14:40
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I'll admit, my point is that international trade will force us to be active players in the world.
I've read that people think we should expand trade with China, not the US. But, increased trade with China will not affect our trade volumes with the US as they do not have a competing set of goods and services to offer. Increased trade with China will kill our trade with central America.
I've read that this war is all about oil. Oil is a fundamental factor in this war. But, it is because of oil that Saddam has the buying power he does. Iraqi oil should make Iraqi citizens some of the richest in the world - but they are closer to the poorest. This should make rational people sick to their stomach.
Oil will not be around as an economic commodity in 100 years from now. The miracle of Iraq's oil wealth will have been squandered on weapons and mafia movies while generations of Iraqis suffer.
Trade necessitates an active role in the world.