The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
I'm not even going to begin to comment on what's been going on in Iraq. It's anything but productive to engage in a discussion (as one-way as it still is on this blog) that includes even a hint of an "I told you so" sentiment. I have friends in Iraq and my personal views on the situation do nothing to reduce the anxiety that the occasional perusal of a casualty list entails. It goes without saying that our nation's conduct over the next two months will likely shape history, hopefully we can finally get it right and stem the tide of what seems to be increasingly bleak news.
I don't know the answers, but I have one request: don't follow the lead of wingnuts like Joseph Farah (link to article), from the cartoonishly right-wing "news" site, WorldNetDaily. Mr. Farah suggests the need to possibly "flatten Fallujah. We may need to destroy it. We may need to grind it, pulverize it and salt the soil, as the Romans did with troublesome enemies." If you're scoring at home, Fallujah has a population of around 250,000, comparable to that of Hiroshima in 1945. What happened last week was horrific, but to even suggest the annihilation of as many as 250,000 mostly innocent people as retaliation for the gruesome killings of 4 highly-paid mercenaries (who, unlike our real soldiers, didn't have to worry about attempts to cut combat pay or benefits) is more than reactionary, it's barbarism. Not to mention that such a solution would take this from being a war "for Iraqis" to a war "on Iraqis", irreparably harming the support we already have there and making it impossible for us to accomplish anything. Mr. Farah invokes the name and proposes the methodologies of the Roman Empire as a solution to our problems. But Joe, I thought we weren't supposed to behave like imperialists!?!