Nice Op/Ed, in a gracious, fence-sitting sort of way. The point I got from the piece is, "Don't blame the troops, don't criticise the protesters,
but blame the men at the top", and if that is indeed the sentiment here, then I whole-heartedly agree, although if it were my own composition, I
would have added a few more expletives and random code ( @%$#%!! ) to make my feelings clearer.
This is another Vietnam in the making - make no mistake. It's got all the trappings: Prolonged conflict,
for entering the war, stories of abuse of the locals by coalition troops,
waning support at home, etc, etc, ad nauseum. It seems that CAPOC
hasn't been doing its job very
well, even after all these years of practice
gave the world Nick Berg's
head, but somehow that wasn't enough to keep the war-blood boiling. The
curtain came down early on the Evil Saddam Show when pictures from an earlier production with Rummy shaking hands on weapons deals were passed around
the stalls, and when the truth of Saddam and OBL's affection for each other became known. And the constantly reported stories of young boys blowing
themselves up in pursuit of those famed seventy seven celestial virgins lost their bite, such that the audience is starting to consider more Earthly
and plausible reasons why these people are so angry.
No, PsyOps have made a pretty piss-poor effort this time around.
But as Subz pointed out, all of this "stop the war, bring the troops home" ruckus is moot, because war IS business - it has been since back before
the Rothschilds were playing Napoleon off against the rest of Europe for nice returns from both ends. The money-makers will milk this war for all they
can, and once the chattel start looking like they're gonna stampede enough that profits are threatened, the troops will be pulled out and the next
war will start afresh, with heartfelt salutes to flags, talk of "duty, honor, country and sacrifice", and other such silliness.
And so we play the game. We send the troops, we change our minds, we bring the surviving ones back, and then we start the cycle all over again. Are
we having fun yet?
[edit on 2005-9-30 by wecomeinpeace]