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October 10, 2005

QOTD: Peace is not the Answer

British author and journalist William Shawcross in an OpEd in yesterday's LAT:

It seems unlikely that many of the so-called peace marchers who trooped through Washington and London two weekends back listened on Thursday - at least not with an open mind or sympathy - to George Bush's cogent explanation of why coalition troops are fighting and dying in Iraq.

You did not see in those demonstrations, after all, many banners reading, "Support Iraq's New Constitution," "No to Jihad" or "Stop Suicide Bombers." The crimes committed daily against the Iraqi people by other Arabs who wish to re-enslave them seem to be of little interest to Michael Moore, Jane Fonda and their followers. Rage against the daily assaults on children, women, anyone, by Islamo-fascists and ordinary national fascists is not fashionable. Only alleged American crimes are cool to decry.

It's hard to think of a more graphic illustration of the horror the U.S.-led coalition is fighting in Iraq than the mass murder on Sept. 26, in which terrorists disguised as policemen (a New York Times headline called these butchers "fighters") burst into a primary school in Iskandaria, south of Baghdad, seized five teachers (all Shiites) and shot them dead. Children stood weeping through this atrocity.

Why do crimes like this make so little impression on those Americans and Europeans who want the coalition to abandon Iraq? The demonstrators think of themselves as moral, but it is hard to think of any policy more amoral than abandoning Iraq to such an enemy. . .

October 10, 2005 at 10:41 AM | Permalink


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So convenient to assume that all critics of the war in Iraq are "Michael Moore, Jane Fonda and their followers." I just hate it when someone distorts an opponent's argument into something easily dismissed, and then proceeds to dismiss it... it always reminds me of that old Monty Python bit - "This isn't an argument!""Yes, it is..."

I listened carefully to that speech, hoping for some shred of logically connected thoughts from Bush on how to make this thing come out well in the end. What I heard was the same old tired crap about why, not how. If idealistic babble about how to make the world better combined with wishful thinking were a recipe for success, we'd all be calling each other comrade about now.

And while we're on the subject of "The crimes committed daily against the Iraqi people by other Arabs who wish to re-enslave them," can we talk about whose actions made those crimes even possible? Those people are suffering now because we willfully ignored the advice of our own generals and fucked this thing up royally.

Isn't it time to get past the debate on pulling out of there (we certainly can't, or we are truly evil) and talk about how to make it work out? I have one clue based on the evidence up to this point - blind faith in our current leaders and their rhetoric isn't going to get the job done.

Posted by: number77 | Oct 10, 2005 4:27:53 PM

What made these crimes possible is something we referee to as Sep 11 – maybe you have heard of it….. And let me tell you something, if we sit on the side line and do NOTHING these extremists will kill us all. It is in their nature.

Posted by: hans | Oct 11, 2005 2:13:08 AM

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