February 5, 2003

What Would It Take?

Secretary of State Powell's presentation to the United Nations Security Council this morning seemed like a slam dunk to me. But then, I guess there must be something wrong with my perception, because what I think is so obvious isn't to a whole lot of other folks. What do I mean? Well, on a variety of email lists I'm on, that have nothing whatsoever to do with current events, I'm seeing posts like this one:

Who (and why) is he trying to convince anyway? The US is going to bomb Iraq, for no other reason than because Bush wants to. He wouldn't be paying any attention to Iraq at all if they exported potatos. This isn't about human attrocities, or weapons of mass destruction. Let's just hope that after Bush gets his testosterone rush taken care of, that he doesn't leave Iraq in the same sad shape he left Afghanistan in.

How's that for head scratching perplexation? Am I in the Twilight Zone? Are they? Is there anything that Saddam could do that would get to these people? I'm beginning to think that there is nothing that could happen, up to and including a WMD attack on our country, that would change their POV. If the worst happened, they'd probably find excuses for the terrorists and blame their own country no matter how many thousands die. (Like that's different)

And don't even get me started on the French! And since I don't want to get started, go and read what Steve Den Beste has to say on that particular subject.

Posted by Ithildin at February 5, 2003 5:46 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

It is frightening that certain people will allow their hatred for George W. Bush in particular and American influence and power in general to blind them to the evil that is Saddam Hussein.

You are exactly right - nothing will ever convince those who do not wish to be convinced - not even the reality of a dictator who murders tens of thousands of innocent people and who, given the chance, would gleefully kill these naysayers themselves.

No, you are not in the Twilight Zone, as you well know. Someone recently argued with me that reality is a construct of the individual mind and entirely subjective.

That is a lie. There exists an objective reality independent of the Twilight Zone in any given mind. In the case of Iraq, that objective reality will intrude with violent force into the lives of us all if something isn't done.

Even if Saddam could be "contained," turning a blind eye to the horrors he is inflicting on his people is, in itself, evil.

Posted by: Wayne Lutz at February 5, 2003 6:33 PM

What I loved about this idiot is the comment on "what sorry shape" GWB left Afghanistan. Let me see now, country rebuilding, chidren allowed to play in the streets, girls going to school, women alloed to earn a living again, mopping up a few warlords and Taliban diehards, legitimate and peaceful government and no public stonings. Sound like hell on earth to me. Where do they hatch these imbeciles? Are they some kind of F&-#@ing pod people?!

Posted by: Bill Myers at February 6, 2003 7:40 AM

Bill, there are times I think I'm the pod person :)

Posted by: Ith at February 6, 2003 8:33 AM