Windbags of War
war is a particularly stupid form of human activity, and the onset
of the war that will start tonight at 8 pm is bringing out the dunce
in many. I'm not sure if these will alleviate or increase your depression
at the thought of war, but here are a few choice ideas circulating
libertarian sent out an e-mail saying, "As our men go off to war, the time for criticism
ends." Well, there you have it. It's one thing to criticize
a mugger before he takes your wallet, but, once he's in the
act, it would be impolite to continue. And if you had known
about the terrorist plot of September 11th, it would
have been fine to try and talk the terrorists out of it while
they were in the planning stages. But once they had actually
hijacked the planes, it would be quite gauche to keep badgering
several people asserting that the ease with which the US and
its minions will win the war will "shut up" those
who worked for peace. The moral principle involved seems to
be that no action can be wrong if it is successful. By this
criterion, Germany was fully justified in invading Poland in
1939, since it won so quickly. Barroom bullies are vindicated
as long as they beat the fellow they picked on with little fuss.
a TV report that one UK official claimed that if not for France's
intransigence, war could have been prevented. So, it's not the
countries that are advocating war and massing troops around
Iraq that are responsible, it's a country resisting the push
to war. I suppose that makes sense: Imagine three men who have
met a woman alone in a dark alley. Two of them threaten to rape
her, but one refuses to cooperate. The two aggressors tell the
third man, "It's your fault that we have to rape
her. If only we had presented a united front, she would have
given up hope and submitted voluntarily."
TV was Bush saying that the US did nothing to provoke Iraq's
aggression. Um, what aggression? Does he mean the way
Iraq's land has kept blowing up US bombs over the last decade?
Or maybe the way Iraqi children have continually tried to embarrass
the US by up and starving to death?
the topper of them all is word from CBS News Radio that Bush's
"ultimatum" to Saddam Hussein is meaningless. When asked whether
Hussein's abdication would halt an invasion, an administration
official replied that the invasion would proceed regardless. In
If you don't go into exile, we'll invade your country.
Hussein: And if I do go into exile?
Bush: Well, in that case, we'll invade your country.
2003 Gene Callahan
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