Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Why the "Anti-War" Movement Needs to be Defeated

Bill Roggio of the excellent Fourth Rail blog links to a charming article named "Why America needs to be Defeated in Iraq", by someone named Mike Whitney:

The greatest moral quandary of our day is whether we, as Americans, support the Iraqi insurgency. It’s an issue that has caused anti-war Leftists the same pangs of conscience that many felt 30 years ago in their opposition to the Vietnam War. The specter of disloyalty weighs heavily on all of us, even those who’ve never been inclined to wave flags or champion the notion of American “Exceptionalism”.

For myself, I can say without hesitation that I support the insurgency, and would do so even if my only 21 year old son was serving in Iraq. There’s simply no other morally acceptable option.

As Americans, we support the idea that violence is an acceptable means of achieving (national) self-determination.

Bill Roggio does a terrific job of fisking this piece of morally-challenged nonsense in detail, and I won't try to duplicate his efforts. I'll simply add some context by quoting yet another supporter of the "Iraqi resistance":

"The warrior commander [and] honored comrade Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi and the groups who joined him are the best of the community that is fighting for the sake of the word of Allah. Their courageous operations against the Americans and against the apostate Allawi government have gladdened us…

"We in the Al-Qa'ida organization very much welcome their union with us. This is a tremendous step on the path to the unification of the efforts fighting for the establishment of a State of Truth and for the uprooting of the State of the Lie…

"Know that the warrior comrade Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi is the commander [Amir] of the Al-Qa'ida organization in the land of the Tigris and the Euphrates, and the comrades in the organization there must obey him."

Osama bin Laden, December 27, 2004.

In embracing the terrorist thugs of the "Iraqi resistance", Mr. Whitney, whether he knows it or not, is supporting the same enemy that murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11, and who has vowed to kill millions more of us. He is openly advocating an American defeat at the hands of al-Qaeda in what has become the central front of the War on Islamist Terror.

Whitney's attitude is all too representative of the moral and intellectual vacuum at the heart of the "anti-war" movement. America is evil, and must be opposed, regardless of the consequences. The last time he and his ilk were successful, two million Cambodians and Vietnamese paid with their lives. The consequences should they get their wish in Iraq are abundantly and horrifyingly clear. For the sake of America, Iraq, and the world, the so-called "anti-war" movement must not prevail.


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