This horrible essay by leftist blogger Billmon reminds me exactly of why the left must never be allowed to take power in this country. It’s a piece that essentially says that because Americans lynched blacks 80 years ago, that those killed in the horrible atrocity in Fallujah got what was coming for them. That we’re all just as bad as those terrorists, so we should just spend our time in constant self-flagellation and forget about it when a couple thousand of us get savagely murdered.
I have no patience for such a disgusting argument. Yes, there are dark chapters in every nation’s history, and the US is no exception. However, that has no bearing on the events of today. We no longer tolerate racism on a national level. Someone who so much as makes an impolitic statement is tarred and feathered on the national stage. We don’t lynch people anymore, and when we do we hunt those responsible down and subject them to the fullest extent of the law – up to and including the death penalty.
This is why the left is appropriately titled the “blame America first” crowd – because when four Americans are savagely killed, the first reaction of the radical left is to blame the actions of people in the distant past who in all probability had nothing to do with the people who died. Yet Billmon and his ilk want everyone to simply see this is some kind of just retribution for our national shame.
Furthermore, the argument doesn’t even make sense. Americans are bad for lynching people. When Iraqis lynch Americans, they’re not bad, they were provoked by Big Bad Uncle Sam. Instead, the logical conclusion of that line of reasoning is that the Iraqis who performed this horrible act should be treated like the common criminals and slime they are – just as we sentenced those responsible for the hidious death of James Byrd in Texas to execution for their crimes.
The radical blame-America-first crowd is no different than those that argue that a woman deserves to be raped for dressing “provocatively” or that that “Negro” had what was coming to them because they talked up or sat at the wrong lunch counter. The four individuals that died were killed because they were trying to bring freedom to the people of Iraq, a task that is a prima facie noble goal. They were aid workers, not soldiers. Billmon’s piece is nothing more than a piece of trash, the very essence of what he claims to despise. It’s as disgusting as those who sat by and watched a lynching but justified their inaction on the grounds of blaming the victim.
Things like this remind me why the left must never be allowed anywhere near power.
UPDATE: And Billmon responds with this wonderful argument:
What are you going to do? Use your guns? Lynch us?
No, this country will continue to do what it always had – make sure that people with disgusting beliefs like yours never get into positions of power through a little thing called the ballot box. Of course, when you’re entire political ideology is based around the tacit embrace of totalitarianism it’s hard not to think like a good little totalitarian.