James Lileks has yet another brilliant Bleat on the "anti-war" movement. It’s well worth reading – another one for the James Lileks wing of the Blogging Hall of Fame. It’s simply too good to quote, you have to read the whole thing.
However, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this one says it all:
What do you say to that?
Well, other than "f&$# you…"
Protesting a war is at least somewhat understandable. In wars being die. Wars are nasty, brutish events that are at best a necessary evil. Wars are never and end to themselves.
But protesting the reconstruction of a war-torn country is not only beyond the pale, it’s beyond the limits of humanity.
These people are not brave. They are not wise. They are not patriotic. They are not compassionate.
They’re small, sick, disgusting group of thugs who are infected with a hate that would would make Goebbels smile. As the great historian Paul Johnson once noted:
Anti-Americanism is ubiquitous, a direct consequence of America doing her duty, the resentment of followers, not leaders. To be sure, anti-Americanism is an ignoble and irrational emotion. Like anti-Semitism, which in some ways it has replaced, it is impervious to facts or logic.
Across the world we had a vision of the same kind of irrational anti-Americanism mixed in with good old-fashioned anti-Semitism. It’s the same disgusting hate wrapped in the rhetoric of compassion without any of the qualities that define it. It is a parade of hate, irrationality, and sympathy with evil. It is as disgusting as a Klan rally.
These people don’t want real peace – they want America defeated, even if it means millions die in the process. If they want Saddam back so badly, I say we give it to them. Take the Bay Area, wall it off, and let Saddam take over. Perhaps after a few years of having car batteries attached to their nipples and watching their sisters being raped by Ba’athist thugs they’ll have an understanding that their concept of “freedom” has nothing to do with the real thing.