Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
It's a crazy world when the war supporters are well-behaved and the anti-war protestors are violent. SHouldn't it be the other way around??? It's not. Supporters acknowledge the protesters to march to their views and yet the protestors attack the supporters when they are presenting theirs. What happened to the "everyone has a right to give their views" philosophy? In Oregon the fire chief had all of the American flags taken off the firetrucks and uniforms of the firefighters because they were being attacked by anti-war protestors when they responded to put out fires the protestors started. Attack firefighters for wearing the American flag? These people call themselves Americans? They are not. Wayne Gretsky, undoubtedly the greatest hockey player in history and a Canadian treasure admired by millions, villified by his own countrymen for saying he supports Bush...this is allowing people to have their own views? No, it is the action of a group so defensive that they have to attack whoever does not share their views. Why are they defensive? I have my own theory......
Bush and Blair claim that the main objective of the war is to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction. I'll buy that. I doubt that more than a handful of people on the planet with any knowledge of world affairs don't believe that Iraq has them. Would they be used against democratic countries? Who can say? But I don't think that the reason we give for being there is important. Hundreds of thousands of people - normal, average, man-on-the-street people have been tortured, raped and murdered by the regime running the country. THAT should be enough reason....enough for freedom-loving people everywhere to get together and end that madness for the sake of the millions of people living in fear and being abused by a maniacal dictator. People who wouldn't stand by to watch a child being beaten to death in front of their eyes look at the atrocities committed there, mumble "It's not my problem" and walk away. No, they don't walk away...they scream profanities at the people trying to stop it! Blair stated today that, over the past year, 400,000 children under the age of four died in Iraq last year from starvation. Doesn't that make anyone angry at all? Iraqis will claim it's because of the UN economic sanctions but the sanctions did not prevent Hussein from spending tens of millions of dollars on palaces and who knows how much funneled into private offshore accounts. Iraq is a wealthy country....how could that fact be? We know how it can be. Every Iraqui who has left Iraq and appeared on tv has spoken about the army and the secret police and the secret police watching the secret police and the fedayeen watching them. They speak of the fear people live in and the executions and murders that occur daily and without reason or consequence. Doesn't that bother anyone at all? Everyone knows this....even the anti-war protestors. My question is this.....if the intervention supporters are for stopping the killing of the Iraqi people, what are the anti-war protestors for? If the supporters want to see the Iraqui people be able to live without fear, without being indiscriminately murdered - in other words - to have a chance to live the way every human being on this planet should be allowed to live, then what do the protestors want to see? If the supporters are for life, what are the protestors for?
That is how we come to the defensiveness of the protestors. They cannot say they are not for life for the Iraqi people. They may not even be able to admit that to themselves. Instead they come up with different reasons....Bush is crazy - it's for oil - Americans are power-hungry - so on and so on and so on, whatever reason they can come up with to justify non-participation. They say these things knowing full well that Iraquis are victims of a monstrous regime but, in saying they are oposed to intervention they have to basically say they don't care. They have to say let the atrocities continue as long as we don't get involved which is exactly what would happen were we not involved. That is their Achilles heel. That is why their defensiveness explodes when opposed. It exposes them as being indifferent to the plight of the oppressed. It takes away their self-proclaimed righteousness. No, they are not indifferent, they proclaim loudly....they just don't want the people there who are trying to stop it.
Strong cares for the weak. Strength speaks out for those who have no voice, be it a father taking care of his family or affluent countries caring for those being taken advantage of. In a perfect world, the United Nations would recognize murderous regimes and oust them from power but this is not a perfect world and the United Nations are united in name only. Fortunately there are other countries, successful in their own right, willing to come to the aid of those who have become victims of tyrants. I am proud to be a citizen of one of those countries. I am proud of a country like England willing to stand with us. Austrailia, who (with all due respect) has not been known as a military world superpower, sent troops when they didn't have to because they wanted to participate in the preservation of peace in the world and because they believe in man's right to live free. I have learned to have a tremendous amount of respect for Austrailia. Yes, it is much easier to sit in one's comfortable house, enjoying the advantages of democracy and close one's eyes to the suffering of those not able to enjoy those same rights...but to protest against those willing to take action? That's incredible. Whatever the anti-war protestors say, they cannot say they are not aware of the torture, murder and genocide the Iraqui tribes live under - and, in not being able to say that, they are saying they are opposing any action which would cause it to change. They are marching against killing at the same time they are condoning it. No wonder thay are so angry.
In one of the most poignant scenes I will ever see, an American soldier was on tv last night, passing out food and water to Iraqui children. The reporter asked him what he was thinking and that hardened soldier, with tears streaming down his face, softly said, "Now I know why I am here." What a shame so many others others cannot share that same feeling.....