As a young American teenager, after reading so much about global anger towards the U.S.A. and suspicion of the United States wanting to control the world and the war in Iraq being only to kill the Arabs and everything and anything else, my only coherent thought is 'Please'.
George Bush has not gained any sympathy from the world, and from the people I know, little from America as well. The war in Iraq is no longer supported by general America (again, these opinions are only from a lowly teenager, but most everyone whom I know well agrees on them) and the major driving force behind the war was, personally, to punish those behind the attacks and wipe out the terrorists quickly. If that meant usurping a 'corrupted' government, then so be it-however, the general public is not good at looking at consequences, and we didn't realize that to usurp a government you must later put a new one back in, and the media portrayed it as helping the Middle East with democracy. Now, it seems like democracy is the greater evil in Iraq; not every country is made for federalism. The American public does not want this war now. In fact, it is not officially a war; Congress is the only power to declare war. But the president found a loophole and took advantage of it, legally abiding by the Constitution, and yet not. This 'war' is not supposed to be a 'war', and the president is not supposed to have this much power.
I'm not sure about the adult population, but a good amount of American youth are getting so much of an education we can barely do anything else; my generation-class of 2011- have no discrimination towards race, very little towards sexual orientation, and an interest in foreign culture and none in taking it over. We have not lost all ethical and moral sense, even if these things are controversial-but I am starting to believe George Bush's own personal and religious values are influencing his actions, but I'm trying my best not to point fingers. Politicians are, unfortunately, seen as corrupted in society, and have been viewed that way for a while, which means few of us youth have aspirations towards being a politician themselves. However, that doesn't mean we won't try our best to right our country's wrongs, and maybe, just maybe, America will someday be what it used to be-a symbol of hope, peace, and freedom for all.
So please. Don't lose all hope for the U.S. Some of us are trying. Thank you for reading-may we meet again. :)
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