March 22, 2003

Incomprehensible

I don't understand it, no matter how much I try.

I've always been able to see various sides of an issue, often to the point of being unable to make up my own mind.

But not in this case.

I cannot comprehend what the anti-war demonstrators are thinking.

They are exercising their rights and I think that's marvelous. It's the content of what they're saying that I disagree with.              

And I really didn't want to end up writing this entry (again). It's aggravating to contemplate and to put into words.
I'm aggravated enough at the attitude of my (the Canadian) government which once again has chosen to fall on the wrong side of history.

What's worse, it appears (from what I've read) that the majority of Canadians, as well as our government, want no part of this war. But that might be another entry.
For now I just want to say that I have never been more embarrassed by my government and I cringe to admit I'm a Canadian.

So the U.S. should not have acted without the sanction of the U.N.
This is of course the same U.N. that allowed the Rwandan massacre to happen.
Yes, allowed. It was warned by its own peacekeeping forces, and suppressed the warning.
The same U.N. that did not cooperate with the forces that brought about the end of the Milosevic era in Kosovo.
The same U.N. that put Libya in charge of human rights.

The concept behind the U.N. is very nice but in practice, how can delegates from diametrically opposed countries be expected to agree?

Back to the anti-war demonstrators:

They claim that Bush is the despot. That the contention that Iraq has WMD is a lie. That killing is never justified and that negotiation and fair dealing will solve the conflict.

I for one would like some of what they're smoking.

I don't have to elaborate the horrors of the Iraqi regime. I have no personal experience therein and of course I only know what I read and see on the media.
But I have been to the United States and I live in a country with similar freedoms.

Perhaps articles and programs like this are propaganda.
Perhaps.
There may be an element of doubt as to where the truth lies.

What I want to know is, why does Iraq, a despotic totalitarian regime, some of whose atrocities are known to be fact (such as gassing the Kurds in 1988) GET THE BENEFIT OF THAT DOUBT, rather than the country which not only tolerates but ENCOURAGES the demonstrations of those that oppose its policies?

I wonder how the public reacted when word of the Holocaust during WWII came out.
I wouldn't have believed the reports at first.
I wouldn't have believed that these things could have happened in the twentieth century.
This was not some uncivilized society hundreds of years ago.
This was not Attila the Hun.
This was an (originally) elected head of state that engineered the creation of the camps where MILLIONS died.

But we don't even have to go back that far.
We only need to go back eighteen months or so to see what people nowadays are capable of.

So, for what it's worth, I support this war. I think it's a necessary evil, or the lesser of the evils.
Anyone who thinks that all the problems of the world can be solved with peace and love is truly delusional, in my opinion.
I might hang on to the concept of peace and love until the end - but my enemy will surely not do so and MY end is likely to come very soon under those circumstances.



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