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Anti-war Belligerents
by Timothy P. Buchanan   

Last edited: Saturday, March 22, 2003
Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2003

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Viewing the protests in America

As is usually the case in American culture these days, a tiny, yet noisy and obnoxious minority of dissenters are given a louder voice by our own mass media, that their specious cause deserves. In each network television newscast, we are treated to scenes of anti-war protests in Chicago and San Francisco. And in this new era, freedom of speech seems to have become sacrosanct to the point that neither the rebellious nor their arguments may be challenged. But when these self-motivated misanthropes attempt to steal legitimacy through dichotomy, civic duty demands that the theft be swiftly, and publicly defeated.

In an apparent effort to shield themselves from criticism and questions about their patriotism, some anti-war demonstrators have adopted the practice of saying that they support our troops but do not support the war in Iraq. How can this be so? The short answer is, it cannot.

It’s hardly a secret that the mission of US soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines is to destroy an enemy’s equipment and defenses, and, when necessary, to take his life. It’s a frightful and terrifying prospect. No one in military service accepts this task lightly from the Commander of the Sixth Fleet down to the Seaman Recruit or from General to Private. To insult them by suggesting that they are mindless instruments of warfare—automatons under the control of a tyrannical political government official—is nothing short of betrayal.

During the long hours of guard duty, or sleepless nights before a training exercise, military men and women envision the day when they may have to employ their skills in battle. Each one hopes that day will never come. If and when it does arrive, they must be mentally and morally prepared as much as they are physically and materially ready.

While advances in technology and tactical planning have made warfare less bloody, it is still a dangerous, difficult, and ugly business. It is also a necessary means to protect the weak and defenseless.

Many of today’s protesters are plowbacks from the 1960s. The present conflict in Iraq is not Viet Nam. Nevertheless, even that obscene and misguided war of our youth was opposed for the wrong reasons. Viet Nam was a failure because our nation’s leadership lacked the political and moral determination to achieve victory. As a result, tens of thousands of American lives were needlessly wasted. The anti-war protesters were wrong then, and
they are wrong now.

Saddam Hussein is a bloodthirsty butcher who has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people in and around Iraq. Those of his victims who died quickly were the fortunate ones. Others have been raped in front of their families, had their skin removed with acid, and some have been shredded like sausages in giant meat grinders. Nothing less than overwhelming military force will terminate his regime. There will be civilian and military casualties. We should pray that the numbers will be small.

Meanwhile, the self-glorifying voices of cowardice and ignobility must not continue unchallenged. To permit the protesters to profess patriotism even as they give aid and comfort to the enemy is itself, a cowardly and irresponsible act.

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Reviewed by Allen Filius (Reader) 3/23/2003
I believe in the actions being taken for what I see as obvious reasons (And I have served in the past), but I guess those who oppose this war could argue the same against it.

I do however feel that the way the protesters amplified (though the minority) through the media actually does directly affect the soldiers during this conflict. Sadam takes encouragement in seeing Americans protesting against their own government, he uses this in his own propaganda to give even more incentive and encouragement to himself and his forces to fight on, therefore putting our own troops at even greater risk then they already are. I am for freedom of expression but I truly feel the time to protest is before the start of the war. Once the war has begun I think that whether against or for the war its time to put our full support behind our troops.

The voices have already been heard and the decision already made, protesting now helps no one but Sadam.

This is my view anyways,


Reviewed by Rita Putatunda (Reader) 3/23/2003
The ends justify the means -- do read my latest "Whisperings, mutterings - Shocked and sickened"

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