Should We Leave Now?

To the Sheehans, Moores, and Mark Pattersons of the World, should we really leave Iraq now?

If the war is “illegal,” should the freely elected governing council, and the appointed president be removed? How about reinstating Saddam?

Of course that would be ridiculous. Why then would we not listen to the plea of Jalal Talabani? [full story]

I’ve got news for you naysayers that say we shouldn’t be there and that the Iraqis don’t want us there.

American forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the democratically elected government of Iraq, and with the backing of a United Nations Security Council resolution…

Americans should be proud of what its soldiers have achieved. The presence of foreign forces has prevented a renewed civil war in Iraq–renewed because there has already been a civil war in Iraq. For 35 years, Saddam and his Baath Party made war on the Iraqi people. The liberation of Iraq ended that civil war.

Notice that Talabani uses the phrase “liberation of Iraq.” I grow weary of the media giving a soapbox to the Sheehans, the Moores, the Moveon.orgs to refer to the same as an “invasion” and that we remain “occupiers.” Sorry, but it doesn’t look like Iraq sees it the same way you do. We now have an ally in the Middle East, something we will need desparately in the future as the spectre of a nuclear power looms in Iran. We must continue to defend our new ally.

By giving us the tools, your troops help us to defend Iraqi democracy and to finish the job of uprooting Baathist fascism.

Talabani and the Iraqi people want the Allies to finish the job. The troops want to finish the job.

Let them finish the job!

I’m Not Done Yet

Mr. Patterson really got my dander up. Not because he took some cheap shots by making a flimsy attempt to insult my intelligence (I believe the best he could muster was “idiot” – that’s the equivalent, in my book, of trying to throw sand at me, yet he is trowing into the wind), but rather because, unfortunately, his viewpoint seems to resonate from far too many people these days. The sad fact is that a great many of these disciples of the hard line extremists merely parrot the opinions of those they choose to follow. That is not unlike a jury basing its entire decision on the statements made by the prosecution, without bothering to listen to the defense.

So as a result of Mr. Patterson’s weak attempt at insulting me, there is a great deal more to write on this subject – the war on terror, the war in Iraq, weapons of mass destruction. There will likely be things you don’t agree with me on. That’s ok. If a preacher isn’t making some of his congregation feel uncomfortable – well, he ain’t preachin’!!

We will take a look at the hard facts. If you choose to disagree, that’s fine. If you choose to chime in with your thoughts, the comment line is open. Be forewarned, however, that if you choose to spew forth with name calling, but can’t back up your position with more than a baseless opinion, you will be eaten alive! Mr. Patterson says that history will prove him to be right, but he has yet to produce one single fact to back up his opinion. If I chose to wait for one, I believe I would be waiting a long time. (“I read it on Michael Moore’s web site, so it must be true” does not count.)

Calling a Spade a Spade

Well, sorry folks. It had to happen sooner or later. With my posts about Cindy Sheehan and the War in Iraq, it was only a matter of time before some extremist (right or left) had to come by.

In case you missed out, one of my posts received an ill-written comment on how wrong I was about the war. The problem was, the writer of said comment clearly had no supporting evidence for his opinion. I hypothesized that he was likely a member of an extremist group – either a Michael Moore wannabe or MoveOn.org. Or both. So I commented on his comments, and sure enough, he was waiting in the wings. This time with an even more entertaining rant.

It is amazing to me that some people think that, just because they know where the “caps lock” key is on their keyboard and that they can bandy about with name calling, that they somehow display themselves as intelligent. The truth is that they expose their ignorance. Hey, a few mispelled words or punctuation errors are ok here and there. We all make them, especially when writing so prolifically. Who has time to proofread that much content? But mix it all together and you look like a grade A imbecile.

For kicks, I looked up some synonyms for imbecile. They are quite fun. Here are a few of the better ones: addle-pate, boob, cretin, dimwit, dunce, dunderhead, fool, halfwit, ignoramus, lamebrain, loony, lunkhead, muttonhead, numskull, simpleton.

So, this commenter is clearly an extremist. Interestingly, even though I stated that I belong to neither major political party, he referred to me as a right wing republican (as if that was an insult). I guess, from the extreme left, everyone else seems to be right wing – even Bill Clinton. Anyway, since my commenter is clearly a big fan of Michael Moore, he may take offense at Bill O’Reilly’s recent comments about what makes an extremist.

If you think Michael Moore reports accurately, you’re an extremist.

Extremists who follow other extremists rarely take the time to actually learn their position. They could not debate themselves out of a paper bag. And yet they try to take on anyone and everyone who disagrees with them. If you disagree, look out! A barrage of expletives and name calling will commence. And here is a tip: if they call you a Nazi, congratulations! You have won your argument. It means that, even though you may still have supporting evidence and documentation on your position that you have not dipped in to, your opponent has been run into a corner and can’t get out. It is much like the little kid in a fight that, when backed into a corner, puts his head down and just starts swinging and flailing his arms. He’s bound to hit something, anything. He doesn’t care what, as long as it’s something.

Feel free to comment and debate. It is healthy and realistic. But for goodness sake, if you are going to open your mouth, make certain that you know of what you speak. And if you are grammatically challenged, perhaps you would be better off remaining silent.