Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Anti-war Journalist Does Not Support Troops

Anti-war liberals have been saying that they oppose the war in Iraq but support our troops there. Today, Joel Stein, a liberal journalist at the L.A. Times, admits hat tip to The Blue State Conservatives):

I DON'T SUPPORT our troops. ...

... I'm not for the war. And being against the war and saying you support the troops is one of the wussiest positions the pacifists have ever taken — and they're wussy by definition.

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The truth is that people who pull triggers are ultimately responsible, whether they're following orders or not. An army of people making individual moral choices may be inefficient, but an army of people ignoring their morality is horrifying. ...

I do sympathize with people who joined up to protect our country, especially after 9/11, and were tricked into fighting in Iraq. ...

But when you volunteer for the U.S. military, you pretty much know you're not going to be fending off invasions from Mexico and Canada. So you're willingly signing up to be a fighting tool of American imperialism, for better or worse. ...

I'm not advocating that we spit on returning veterans like they did after the Vietnam War, but we shouldn't be celebrating people for doing something we don't think was a good idea.

At least Stein admits that, because he oppose the war, he can not support the troops. Many opponents of the Iraq war either pretend for public consumption to support the troops or fail to grasp the inconsistency in their positions. Strong opponents of the war necessarily wish that many more troops will die in Iraq, because only if large numbers of troops die will the American public demand an end to our involvement there, Think about it.

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