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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Does death matter any more?

From Thomas DiLorenzo over at LRC:
I was listening to a Washington, D.C. radio station this morning that has a neocon talk show host who was just gushing over Bush's victory with all of his callers. One caller struck me as especially absurd and surreal. She was the wife of an army officer stationed in the D.C. area. She said she was in such a good mood she was going to pack up the kids in the car and drive over to Arlington National Cemetery because , 'we have some friends buried there who died in Iraq.' She then said, 'I'm going to put flowers on their graves and tell them Congratulations! Our man won!'

Can it possibly get more stomach turning?


  • Well, gee. You know, some people believe that there are things worth fighting for and worth dying for: bringing liberty to oppressed peoples is one of those things. Bush believes in this, the woman you refer to believes this. I imagine that the soldier who died in that noble pursuit believed that also. No, I don't think that's stomach turning at all. She and I and about 59,000,000 of our beloved countrymen are proud of our President and we are proud of what our brave men and women are fighting and dying for in Afghanistan and in Iraq. The fact that you aren't says to me something pretty stomach-turning about you.
    Just sayin'.

    By Blogger Craig R. Harmon, at 11:37 PM  

  • Sorry Craig, but the purpose of the US military was never supposed to be to bring democracy to the oppressed peoples of the world; it was supposed to be to secure the freedoms of the American citizenry. If our country takes upon itself the impossible task of freeing those people under the rule of tyrants, our entire populace will have to be conscripted, for there were always be more tyrants to overthrow, and once overthrown, more insurgents to suppress.

    The Republicans were never thrilled with Clinton's use of force in the Balkans, but it was just fine when it was your guy doing it. Sorry, but both wars were wrong for us to engage in. Neither one of those escapades has made the US any safer, which is all our military is supposed to be for.

    1000+ US military personnel dead, 10,000+ innocent Iraqi civilians dead. At our hands. Initiated by following what was, at best, bad intelligence, and at worst, the simple desire to put down a bad guy so that you can look like a good guy.

    I'm glad you think all the innocent deaths are worth it. I'm glad you're proud of it. But yes, it sickens me.

    By Blogger David, at 12:03 AM  

  • ...I wonder how noble we would be viewed by the families of those innocent Iraqis who were killed by us. Whether there were more innocents killed under us or Saddam, the one thing we can say about the ones who were killed under Saddam was that we didn't kill them.

    By Blogger David, at 12:24 AM  

  • All I can say is this... people get the government they deserve.

    By Blogger Burmaid7, at 2:59 PM  

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