It takes a nation of millions
I, for one, am relieved that President Bush ended his two-day silence and dismissed all anti-war protesters with a cavalier shrug. But had I been his speechwriter, I would have added, "for a focus group, they're pretty unfocused." That's a good one!
Still, there was no humor in my heart as I watched my so-called friends head off to their so-called demonstrations this past weekend. My throat filled with bile. Fortunately, I had some scotch, and I spent most of Saturday drunk and grumbling while CNN droned in the background. Peace, my ass. Do the protesters really think that the collective, spontaneous voice of six million people worldwide is going to influence the opinion of the just President of a righteous nation? Don't they realize that six million Jews died in the Holocaust precisely because not enough people spoke out?
Wait. That kills my argument. Let me think about it.
OK. Now I've got the right spin. These same people would have said, don't attack Germany. Hitler doesn't have any weapons. He just wants the Sudetenland. Peace, man, peace. Fine, he can have Czechoslovakia, too. But that's it. And it's OK if he kills the gypsies, as long as...You get the idea; my sense of history is astonishing. Now, the same thing is about to happen. Let's see how today's Neville Chamberlains feel when Saddam Hussein's mighty forces march into Istanbul and Riadyh. It really could happen if the shifty French have their way and the inspectors are given more time to dither away while Rome burns and the Germans sell nerve gas to our enemies.
For those of you who think that attacking Iraq is "inhumane," let me quote an Iraqi dissident who, from an anonymous email address in England, has been sending out letters pleading with the international community to bomb his native country into submission:
"Please, my friends. You do not understand what a monster this Saddam Hussein is. If I were to return to home today, Saddam would cut out the other half of my tongue. He would strap me to a table and attach a hungry lizard to my testicles. I know this for a fact, because he did it to my brother. Since Saddam Hussein came to power, more than one million babies have died by his hand alone. All he does, all day, is kill babies. He must be stopped. That's why a massive American invasion of the Arabian peninsula, followed by an overwhelming military occupation without any forseeable end, is precisely what the Middle East needs right now."
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