"You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can be free only if I am free." - Clarence Darrow
I can only be free if you are free.
That is why people who argue against the war in Iraq miss the point. Whether Saddam Hussein presented an immediate threat to us is irrelevant. Saddam or any of his successors could have been a threat to us down the road. If Saddam was a threat to his own people, and I know of no one who would argue against that, then how big a stretch is it to imagine him threatening others?
That is the inherent problem with dictatorships. Maybe today's dictator is not a threat to his neighbors, but what about his successors? Eventually, any dictator can be succeeded by someone who will have delusions of world conquest.
Dictatorships are, by nature, breeding grounds for leaders with oversized egos: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and Hitler are all good examples. Can you imagine any of these men with nukes or WMD's?
We need to stop people like this BEFORE they get to that point. The greatest indicator for this kind of leader is the freedom of the country's people.
This is why I believe ALL the free nations of the world (not just the U.S.) need to force freedom on the rest of the world. The free nations need to get together and form a military force to accomplish this. The mere threat of military action will be enough to free most countries. The rest will fall easily to the combined military might of the free nations.
Iraq was a good war. But there is so much more that needs to be done in the rest of the world.