The Political Werewolf
If you know me, then you know I'm a big political nut. So, I've decided to add my own personal flavor to the realm of political discussion. We'll be talking about various issues - some of them having to do with current events, others perhaps more on a philosophical level. But in any case, you're free to respond to whatever you read here, either by E-mail or on the message board.
All righty, here we go.
Bush Won - Get Over It
We've won the war in Iraq.
Not only have we won the war in Iraq, but we've just witnessed one of the most decisive military victories in the history of terran civiliation. Saddam Hussein's regime of oppression, torture, fear, and brutality has come to an end, and it was done with incredible efficiency. Barely 100 of our troops - out of the 300,000 that were deployed - were killed. A similarly low number of innocent casualties were claimed. The chemical and biological agents that we all feared Saddam would lob at us in a last gasp of tyranny were never fired. The people who were once under the thumb of a maniacal dictator are now literally dancing in the streets.
And the pacifist movement has just been set back about 75 years.
Let's keep something in mind here. When we went into Iraq and liberated it almost antiseptically, we did so with thousands, if not millions, of overridingly pacifist liberals caterwauling for us even considering the idea of using military troops to oust Saddam Hussein. All the protesters in the streets were deathly afraid that this whole thing was a front for Fuhrer Bush to usurp all the oil fields, kill all the babies, and throw the entire region into a vat of volatility (because we all know how stable and peaceful the Middle East was before all of this).
And when we won the war in Iraq, we proved the liberal allegations wrong each and every step of the way. We pledged that the Iraqi oil would stay in the hands of Iraqis. Innocent casualties barely reached the dozens. There were no terrorist attacks either here or in any other region of the world. We've found numerous stockpiles of chemical munitions in hidden laboratories, and even discovered enriched plutonium in an underground facility. In other words, every single thing that the pacifist movement threatened would happen if we invaded Iraq, didn't. I have a number of liberal acquaintances and friends, so I'll try not to get too vociferous on this point, but I will say this: Vons is having a sale on Brawny paper towels this week. You might want to buy a few rolls to wipe all the egg off of your faces.
OK, sorry if that last point was a little mean. But let's face it: not only has liberalism found itself on the wrong side of history - again - but the war in Iraq went off so well that there is little if anything that the people who opposed this war can point at as any sort of solace. And any nitpicking that might go on now would run the risk of digging an even deeper grave for a political philosophy that's already proven itself impotent.
But having said all that, I'm still amazed at the fact that I'm still seeing the same liberals on DDRFreak have such trouble admitting that they were wrong, that the war was a success and - God forbid! - that George W. Bush actually did something right. I'll tell you one thing - the Iraqi people that were high-fiving American soldiers and vocally thanking Bush are having no problems saying these sorts of things. It's as if they're content with continuing to take a hammer to their thumb, in the fear that it'll hurt like Hell when they stop.
Don't get me wrong - there's still a lot to be done in Iraq. We need to start reigning in the anarchy and start taking steps to rebuild a country that has lived for decades under such a sinister regime. (To think - the UN now has the gall to demand to be a part of the rebuilding process. This after attempting to thwart our enforcing the resolutions they themselves had passed, and implicitly declaring that they consider standing up to President Bush more important than standing up to Hussein.) Democracies rarely hit the ground running, so it will likely be months or perhaps even years before Iraq becomes a self-sufficient country again.
But the notion that we as a country can't celebrate such a significant victory - not just for our country, but the country that we have just freed and no doubt freedom in and of itself - is the last toehold of an obsolete belief that appeasement would soothe a savage beast, that any person who wishes to use military force for whatever reason is an imperialistic warmonger, that all military operations will end in the utter destruction of everyone involved. Some of them make Eeyore look cheerful and upbeat.
I hearken back to the images I saw last week, most notably the toppling of a statue of Saddam Hussein in the center of Baghdad. The sight of a symbol for one of the most heinous people in our lifetime, being pulled from its mooring and eventually detached from its pedestal, while those in the vicinity cheered. The images of people carrying signs bearing the picture of our president, and the words "Hero of the Peace." The children waving at our troops. The waving of our flag by a grateful nation, euphoric and jubliant, relishing in their first taste of freedom.
It's images like that that make me incredibly proud to be an American right now. And we did it all in the face of thousands of protesters who said it would never succeed.
Previous columns:4/7/03: Conservative Business 101
3/31/03: I'm a Celebrity - No War in Iraq!
3/24/03: Patriotism vs. Nationalism