This is a guest posting from GP Commenter Jeff (aka – I Love Capitalism)
I live in a “blue” area, dominated by liberals. Despite their dominance, some still need to proclaim their views in the oddest places. At the YMCA the other day, an older man and an older couple – think aging semi-hippies: unkempt hair, a tie-dye T-shirt among them, and all three of them caucasian – overflowed in joyful agreement about how terrible the Iraq war is. I couldn’t imagine why they needed to uplift their voices to the whole weight room, but I did admire how the one dude was like a machine, the way he rattled off Daily Kos clichés:
1) He “supports the troops” (quotes here show his words, as best I can remember), but we must understand, his idea of it is “bringing them home and not spending another *dime* on their equipment.” And he certainly doesn’t support “all those mercenaries” in Iraq.
2) America is “making the same mistakes as Vietnam”, as our troops “kill innocent people.”
3) People who don’t think like he does are “blindsided” (i.e., idiotic).
4) Iraqis don’t want democracy and “aren’t capable of it”, due to their “different culture”.
5) He says we should “leave native cultures alone” and not try to “develop these countries, like in Africa” or “teach them anything”, because “we just cause pain” in doing so.
6) Iraq is a “war for Christianity”.
7) He’s into Buddhism because “nobody ever fought a war for Buddhism”. In fairness, at this point, he or one of his companions added, “Well maybe the Japanese.”
I kept my mouth shut, so as not to compound their faux pas – inflicting politics on strangers who only came to do squats! But I kept thinking, wow, surely I know this guy from Gay Patriot. 😉 For the enlightenment of you left-wing GP skimmers who still don’t get it, I’ll answer the guy’s rote points:
1) Our troops and NGOs in Iraq are volunteers, not mercenaries. Their mission is to beat al Qaeda (and some would argue, Iran). They accepted that mission when they re-enlisted. Understand this: You DO NOT support them, if you don’t support them doing their mission.
2) Al Qaeda kills innocent people in Iraq. Our troops defend innocent people with care and professionalism.
3) People who don’t think just like you are not “blind” or “blindsided”. You, on the other hand, may be.
4) Ordinary Iraqis want democracy and are as capable of it as other non-Westerners. It’s not only false, but racist to pretend otherwise.
5) When America “leaves native cultures alone, like in Africa”, we condemn the people to subsistence-farming and lives that are nasty, brutish and short.
6) Iraq is not a war for Christianity. It is, however, a war to prevent a radical Islamist Caliphate, and so to prevent or mitigate a greater, future war. If we leave Iraq in the hands of either Iran or al Qaeda – in 10 years, we are so screwed. Get it?
7) If you seriously believe “Nobody ever fought a war for Buddhism”, Amazon has a book for you.
It’d be nice to go somewhere without running into crazed lefty loonies.