The recent votes in the House and Senate on the Iraq war have set off the blog's author, though, and he has written a number of blogs offering opinions like this one:
"The Iraqi people will fall into a spiraling nightmare as terrorists congregate back into all areas and take over the territory. Then, prepare your shelters, because as soon as the terrorists reclaim their streets, and get some more backing from Iran and their friends, the terrorists will follow us back to the American homeland. They'll be on planes and boats, and soon coming to a bus and car near you. Bombs and death, but this time instead of being across the sees in Iraq, it will also flow over into our homeland. The major cities will never be the same. Let's leave Iraq now, and see what really happens."
I hear this view a lot of late.
The idea seems that be that it is somehow better for American military lives to be expended overseas -- as many soldiers have been killed now as were killed in the 9/11 attack -- than for American civilian lives to be expended, and that it is somehow okay if Iraqis are killed in large numbers so long as Americans aren't.
It doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
But I think that is what comes of fighting a war on the selfish, so to speak. The Iraq war is notable because American civilians, with the exception of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind rural areas that form the bulk of the National Guard units expended in Iraq, have not been asked to sacrifice for or participate in the war effort. We haven't even been asked to help pay for it -- the war effort is being paid for by deficits that our children and grandchildren will pay off.
So the war goes bumbling along, out-of-sight, out-of-mind, fought, now that we've run out of the reasons we supposedly got into it in the first place, to shift the burden of danger from American civilians to American soldiers, from Americans to Iraqis, from urban areas to rural areas.
The war demonstrates our moral bankruptcy, if nothing else. But, at this point, demonstrating our moral bankruptcy is a horrible reason for good men and women to die.