Conservative Nitwits No Better Than Osama
*This is a post by my buddy Reasic . He’s not the Political sort most of the time, and usually writes about the Environment (Global Warming), but he needed to vent, and what better place than Jonestown?
Jonestown is nothing, if not therapeutic.
Before I start, I’d like to clarify my use of the term “nitwit”. First, you must understand that I do not intend to label all conservatives as nitwits. I honestly believe that there are plenty of conservatives out there who are very intelligent and have genuinely good intentions. However, there are some who lack both the former and latter. Those are the nitwits (also called wingnuts).
Now, the other day, a conservative I know proposed an idea to me on foreign policy that I’ve thought about, and I’d like to discuss here. Our conversation started with the fact that his son has served two tours of duty in the current Iraq War. From there, he ended up telling me how ridiculous he thought it was that we have to treat “them” so nicely when they’re out there blowing up our troops and cutting off their heads. This part, while misguided, did not earn the title of nitwit. I can somewhat sympathize with this because his son served and one could apply this statement only to those that are captured in combat. My only comment there would be that it is true that our soldiers must conduct themselves valiantly and virtuously, so that our country will remain on higher moral ground, giving us a moral leverage among other countries in the world. If we were to go around brutally torturing and killing everyone we capture, we would quickly earn a very bad reputation, making more enemies, and thereby losing in the attempt to “win the hearts and minds of the people”.
Immediately after making that statement, though, my acquaintance took his proposed foreign policy into the realm of lunacy. He started by stating that “we” (the United States) should show “them” that we aren’t to be messed with. We should teach “them” that if they mess with us, they’ll regret it. He actually made the case that we should “be more like Russia” (followed, of course, bya quick clarification that he’s no Commie), in that if anyone causes us trouble, we should simply bomb them back to the Stone Age. The scary thing is that I’ve heard this argument made by several others. What is not considered here, besides any value of human life, is that “they” (extremists) only make up a very small percentage of everyone in the Middle East. So, the conservative was advocating killing many innocent people to teach a very small number of extremists among them a lesson. Somehow I think that would send the wrong message.
Hmmm… Where have I seen this ideology in practice before?
On September 11th, 2001, an Muslim extremist group, called Al Qaeda, headed by Osama bin Laden, attacked our country with passenger planes. Their intense hatred for us blinded them to the fact that those who would be killed in their planned attacks were innocent victims, having personally done nothing to deserve the treatment they would receive. Their despicable lack of respect for human life united the world against them. They were immediately recognized as being irrational nut jobs, that could not be reasoned with, and who must be opposed in every way possible.
This idea of bombing “them” back to the Stone Age is no better than the terrorists’ unparalleled display of brutality and stupidity. Therefore, no, the way to win a conflict such as the “War on Terror” is not an extremely indiscriminate bombing campaign in the Middle East. Rather, we must rise above the lawlessness and cowardice of our enemies and show the world that we are the “good guys”. Without this crucial perception of us, we cannot recruit or maintain any assistance in our fight against this extremist ideology. In fact, we could, and in some cases actually have, increased the number of the enemies we are fighting.
I can understand that there are some who have thought this and other idiotic ideas to be good, simply because they have neglected to think it through. However, there are some who seemingly understand its ramifications and still vehemently support it. These people have demonstrated that they are no better than the terrorists that they claim to oppose. These morally inept traitors should be cast aside from any foreign policy discussion.
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