I am not for war, but is it sometimes necessary? Ask Americans why we are at war and you will get different answers.
We provide healthcare for other countries when thousands of Americans can't afford insurance. We put our troops in danger for another country's "freedom". We have alliances that make enemies of other countries. We supply and support Israel. All for what? How exactly does this benefit America?
Should we continue doing what we have been doing or should we just stay over here and mind our own business? I am eager to see how other atheists view this.
I'd much rather see our troops in Libya helping the people there than killing people in Iraq and Afghanistan for oil or whatever greedy motivation is at work.
I'm very much a Pacifist.
It disgusts me how much money the United States is wasting and has wasted on our current two wars and how many military bases we operate.
What is this "healthcare" being provided for other countries? You aren't referring to money used to fight HIV or malaria in Africa, are you? That is wasted money?
I don't think they should NOT be anywhere helping. The military is not a humanitarian aid group. They should be used in defense of our nation and that is it.
The peace corps could assist or some NGO, but the Libya issue is none of our business. What the citizens there want to do about their form of government is up to them. Anytime we "assist" in a matter like that, we are essentially taking sides with either government or rebels.
Only in matters of natural disaster should we even consider assistance.
Anyway, The US have done a good job in "Operation Desert Storm" and helped arabs.
Saudis and Kuwaitis still appreciating what they have done.
Thanks to the US.
Saudis and Kuwaitis might, Iraqis less so.
It was an unnecessary war, it was a criminal war and the sanctions that ensued from it where of genocidal proportions. The Iraqis fought the Iran-Iraq war for Kuwaitis also. Iraq, then an ally of the US (and enthusiastically supported by later neocons) lended some 14 billion dollar of the Kuwaiti's, who were glad to buy themselves an army that way, to buy American, European and Russian weapons, among which the nerve gas Saddam used against Kurds in the Anfal campaign (think Halabja.)
After the Iran-Iraq war the Kuwaiti's insisted on immediate full repay, aggressively crippling the post-war rebuilding of Iraqi economy. That was an act of war on the part of the Kuwaiti's against Iraq.
Then we had the successful propaganda from Hill & Knowlton with the babies-taken-out-of-incubators-and-thrown-on-the-floor story to whip up the Americans into a frenzy and not much later we had Basra covered in depleted uranium, untold deaths and suffering, sanctions that caused an excess of a half a million Iraqi children not see their sixth birthday, soaring prevalence in birth-defects, child-cancers that went untreated because even painkillers were prohibited as being "dual use" material.
The Gulf war was one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century.