Well, the war is on. As a blogger, I guess I should say something about it. I don’t know why my opinion would matter to anyone, but it will make me feel better if I write this all out:
My opinion is that something had to be done about Saddam Hussein. George Bush and the U.S. government couldn’t have handled the diplomatic situation any worse, and they’ve stepped all over human rights and common decency in their path to war, but in spite of that, I don’t think there was any hope for diplomacy to take Saddam Hussein out of power.
Don’t get me wrong, I think George Bush is an idiot. I couldn’t hate him more. His rhetoric and diplomacy are an embarassment to our nation. Maybe when this war is over, someone will return the favor and force our arguably-illegitimate leader out of office with “shock-and-awe.”
Here’s hoping for a quick, peaceful resolution. Failing that, I hope for a quick, violent resolution with minimal loss of life.
I think all the protests are really cool. Even though I somewhat support the war, most of the details of our actions make me sick. But I have one thing to ask of anyone reading this. Please study the situation and take your information from as many sources as possible. Listen to what everyone has to say. Don’t take that simple path, “No War for Oil” signs are just as closed-minded and oversimplifed as “These Colors Don’t Run” stickers.
This situation couldn’t be any more complicated. Yes, the US is imperialistic. Yes, Dick Cheney is in bed with the oil industry. Yes, we put Saddam Hussein in power in the first place. No, our government won’t learn anything from this experience. The US has plenty of faults and it’s great that we’re able to talk about them, but it’s possible to ignore all those factors and still see a reason to do what we’re doing. There’s also a lot of very good reasons to oppose it. Even the President has said that he values the opinions of protesters, even if they have no chance of changing his mind. That might be the most humble statement to ever leave his mouth.
So fight for what you believe in, whatever it may be, while you can. Tom Ridge’s panic/propaganda machine and “Operation Freedom Shield” a.k.a. martial law may soon take that right away, then we’ll have a real war to fight.
As you talk about this war with your friends and enemies, listen and learn from the left and the right, talk about the reality, not politics. Learn to ignore the dogma of the two “sides,” in people, politics, and the media, and use this opportunity to embrace pragmatism and think for yourself.
Thanks for reading 2SB even when it gets lame like this. Scoot for Peace!