Friday, June 16, 2006

 

Uh... Support the Troops!

So, let me see if I've got this straight: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is planning on introducing a piece of legislation that should help calm down the insurgency. What does this measure include? Well, for one thing, offering amnesty to insurgents who have attacked and possibly killed only Americans. Which, while possibly good-intentioned, is wholly sick, and completely ignores the sacrifice of American soldiers.

Which makes it all the more of a travesty that, apparently, our senators are all for it.

I am all for peace in Iraq. I am all for a stable Iraq. I just do not want the price of that peace to be the stubborn ignorance of the loss of American life. When anyone who supports the war gets up there and blathers about how setting a timetable for withdrawal shows disrespect for all that we've lost so far, they should think about this first.

Give it a few years, and I'm sure we'll see a First Blood remake arriving in theatres just in time for Christmas. God only knows, we deserve it.

Comments:
I'm afraid I disagree. Did we punish Japanese, German, or Confederate troops for killing our soldiers? We can punish terrorism, because terrorism is a war crime, but attacking soldiers isn't terrorism.

Laney
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"Did we punish Japanese, German, or Confederate troops for killing our soldiers?"

Neither have we punished any of the soldiers we fought during the actual war (March-May 2003).

"We can punish terrorism, because terrorism is a war crime, but attacking soldiers isn't terrorism."

I agree. I know that there's a thin line between terrrorism and resistance, and there are parts where that line seems to fade. I was wrong phrasing this the way I have.

My major problem is more likely the wholesale embrace of this proposed measure by certain senators on the right, the same people who were for the war in the first place. This, coupled with the other "support" from the government (e.g., "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you want"), just seems to add to the idea that those who most ardently claim to "support the troops"- and, more importantly, attack others for not supporting the war- don't really seem to care about our servicemen. I know it's a good idea, but I at least expect a little outrage from the people who claim to stand behind the troops, and not, as in Lamar Alexander's case, a glowing comparison between this idea and those that got Nelson Mandela the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
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