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Friday, December 13, 2002
Peace and War
After I'd written the post below, but before I'd published it, Glenn noted that some similar comments of his had produced some indignation. He mentioned specifically Jim Henley of Unqualified Offerings.
Henley's a thoughtful guy, and if he's opposed to war it's for thoughtful reasons, even if (if) he's wrong.
The people I talk about below are not thoughtful people, at least not on this issue. Frankly, I don't think the US should go charging into each and every one of the world's hellholes, saving the big-eyed children and fluffy bunnies from the big bad dictators.
But the peace protesters and celebrity ninnies do base their arguments on the fate of The Children, and they are morally obligated to remember what kind of regime it is that they're defending, and how that regime treats The Children.
This doesn't necessarily mean that they are forced to support war. No, no. There is a third way.
If they are really are opposed to Saddam and his thugocracy, and equally opposed to US military intervention there, they can go to Baghdad and protest to Saddam in person. They can join hands and sing Kumbaya and march through the streets peacefully demanding Saddam dismantle his palaces and feed his people, and release the children he's imprisoned to guarantee their parents' behavior, etc.
Heck, I'd just like to see a few of them do that here, let alone there.
If they do that, I'll believe they're as anti-Saddam as they are anti-war.