I'm sure most of you know that President Bush addressed the Union tonight, and it seems inevitable that we will be going to war with Iraq. I set up this thread for everyone to post their thoughts about "the approaching storm," (nice SW reference, huh?) but like the Roe vs. Wade discussion, please be respectful of other people's beliefs, and only make appropriate comments (I know some people can be really brutal when it comes to degrading people of Middle Eastern descent. Anything of that sort is inappropriate, but I trust that we will all conduct ourselves properly, just like we did in the Roe vs. Wade thread) After that little schpeel... I personally want to say that I don't agree with the war. I think America is about to shoot itself in the foot. I think Bush is only pursuing his own self-interests (he's up for re-election next year, the whole getting-Saddam-out-of-power thing seems to be a Bush thing; I think he wants to finish the job his dad started but didn't complete) and isn't really about liberating Iraq or weapons of mass destruction. I know this isn't a religious forum, but I ask that anyone who would be willing to pray/hope/reflect,etc. (whatever floats your boat) on the matter. I'm just making this request because I give a ton of credit to our troops. Most of them are guys around my age who figured they'd just sign up to get a free college education because the likelihood that they would actually be in combat would be slim. (I know that if I considered joining, that'd be the reason why I would) While they knew fully well what they were getting into, most young people don't anticipate something of this scale happening. These people are risking their lives for the greatest principle America is centered around, FREEDOM. I for one thank our soldiers millions of times over for being out there for us. I am not speaking for all of us, but I am speaking for myself with this comment: GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!