Wednesday, June 22, 2005

The ghoulish left 
Kevin Drum wants us to succeed in Iraq, but he's sceptical - as am I - of claims that the insurgency is "in its last throes." The original post is worth a read - it includes a good infographic depicting the general rise in Iraqi casualty RATES since the invasion. But what really caught my eye was a comment from someone who calls herself "Libby Sosume, who is actually calling for the loss of MORE American lives.


We have to fail. Utterly and completely. Here's why:

The country is reaching a tipping point. With the elections behind us (US and Iraq) the administration is running out of excuses. Without demons (liberals, antiwar) to focus on, the wo/man in the street is now paying attention to the people in charge - and not liking what s/he sees. We need that. We need for the country to realize for itself that any old fratboy can't be president. That politicians' lies are not "something to be expected," but rather something that is treasonous and kills people. We need to end this war not by a lucky 51-49 vote but by popular growndswell. We need to have this fiasco burned into the American psyche for decades to come. Not just the lefties, but the people in Kansas.

But Americans are too optimistic and forgiving. Give them a teeny bit of good news and they'll fall back into their default position: "He's a nice guy, just give him another chance."

AS perverse as it sounds, we need bad news, even at the expense of a few more American soldiers' lives. We need for it to get so bad that the administration is forced to end it now, not 10 years from now. That will save many more lives in the long run.

As far as I'm concerned, Americans who die in Iraq now are heroes because they may change the course of history in THIS country. They are saving OUR freedoms. They are helping bring democracy to the USofA. Their lives add up to the tipping point we need. Don't make their loss be in vain.

So, be careful what you wish for.

No further comment needed.

Splash, out


Good to see you agree with him then.
Hey, excellent website. A great Iraq resource is Deaths in Iraq. It breaks all of the casualties down by age, race, branch of the military, country, etc.
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