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Monday, August 22, 2005

Do they like us yet? 

I hear there are people running about the countryside saying that Cindy Sheehan doesn't speak for them. That in fact, even though some of them have lost their own loved ones in the war, they think the War is a Good Thing, or at least, that we should Stay The Course so their loved ones' deaths won't have been in vain. Which gets me back to the question I've been asking the Internets since at least last March: How many Iraqis do we have to kill before the survivors will be our friends?

How will we know that we have Stayed The Course to its completion? They are killing us because we're there. They're killing each other because we eliminated the dictator that kept everyone in line and there are quite a few volunteers to be the new dictator once we decide to leave and those guys don't like each other. It pains me to say this, but there is no good ending for this war. There will be a very unpleasant Civil War in Iraq when we leave. We can leave soon or we can Stay The Course for an indeterminate period of time. The only question to be answered is how many grieving mothers we will have here at home before we get out of the way of the Civil War. And back to the "Cindy Doesn't Speak For Me" crowd, I'm sorry, but your loved one did die in vain. Forcing some other mother's son to die in vain won't change that fact. George Bush killed your son, don't let him kill any more.

Update: Actually, I should rephrase that. Your loved one died to create a theocratic Islamic Republic that is profoundly hostile to the United States and allied with Iran. Also, to provide a home base for Kurdish separatists from which they can cause enormous grief for Turkey (our ally) and Iran. What fun!

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