That’s what those wonderful election-stealing, trigger-happy Republicans would have you believe. Of course some of us think for ourselves and don’t despise those in the world that are different. Certainly I can’t complain about the capture of such an awful human being as Hussein, but that still does not legitimize a war based upon lies. I’ve decided to lay off the whole conspiracy theory route questioning how one of the most elusive dictators managed to be meekly captured as Herr Bush II begins his re-election campaign, but I do see that right-wingers are already slapping each other on the back for asking rather pointless and vapid questions in an attempt to trip up those darn “American haters”. NZ Bear is attempting to solicit a clear cut case of hypocrisy from liberals by challenging their anti-war stance with a question that lacks any relevance to the issues at hand. Of course his fellow right-wingers fail to recognize this flaw as it would shatter the supposed support this statement should create. Before I go any further let me emphatically state that I was against the war, I am against our current involvement in Iraq, and I absolutely do not want Saddam Hussein to return to power.
The problem with most Republicans is that they view everything as black and white. You are either with us, or against us. You either support us, or you are the enemy. This is clearly shown by how regularly they vote along party lines no matter what the issue at hand. In a nut shell, that is why it is so difficult for Democrats to defeat them. Since Democrats tend to be more liberal, they vote based upon issues – a sure-fire way to divide any large group. I’m not saying that Republicans don’t care about the issues, merely that they understand that getting into power is the first step and policy making comes afterward. The reason I bring this out is that so many conservatives are under the false impression that people who spoke out against the war or agreed with the countless other countries that refused to support us were actually favoring an Iraq still led by Hussein. What they fail to recognize is that protesting the war was exactly that – PROTESTING THE WAR!
I am happy that Saddam is now not only out of power, but in custody where he can be tried and, most likely, punished for his crimes. This event was a longtime coming and I feel that, even if it has no real purpose right now, it will serve as a symbolic (possibly even moral or spiritual) victory for the Iraqi people. And I say this without an ounce of hypocrisy, because my opposition to the war was one against the method laid out by our supposed leader that had nothing to do with saving an oppressed people or liberating such a tragic land. I am a pacifist, but even I would hardly have balked if there had been an ounce of humanitarian nature in our efforts. If for one moment I felt that this war were truly above oil, revenge, and political agendas I might just put aside the farce of an election and say that Bush ain’t such a bad guy. But instead I am forced to recognize that this country bulled it’s way past clearer thinking nations and acted in the best interests of its politicians, ignoring those of its people and the rest of the world.
I must thank Captain Ed (after possibly misusing him earlier in this post – sorry) for directing me towards Shock and Awe and Kynn’s well stated response to NZ Bear. While I may not agree with him completely on the cost issue 😉 he clearly speaks for this cause more aptly than I ever could.
Ugh, I hate these political posts – they make me feel so dirty. I’ll have to get back to something less… argumentative soon.