A View From the Cheap Seats

September 26, 2007

Iraq: Criticism or Racism?

Filed under: Iraq,National,Politics,World — trzupek @ 9:51 am

EXAMINER PUBLICATIONS – SEPTEMBER 26, 2007

By Rich Trzupek

The angry reaction to General Petraeus’ report on Iraq, among Democrats and Liberals, could be easily dismissed as politics as usual. And, to be sure, there is political gain to be had by dismissing the general’s upbeat report as the delusions of a Republican puppet. The 2008 vote largely depends on the public’s perception of the war, after all.

Yet, doesn’t this exchange reveal something else about politicians like Harry Reid, Barack Obama, MoveOn.org and all of the people who so angrily support them? Let’s be brutally honest here dear readers. When you listen to these people, isn’t it clear that they are, in fact, racists of the worst kind?

Many opponents of the war make several claims that are clearly nonsense. The most obvious delusion is this: if the U.S. would simply pull out of Iraq, today, or preferably yesterday, the nation would be at peace.

There is not a shed of evidence to support such a conclusion and one need look no farther than opponents of the war to conclude this is so. U.S. Senator Barack Obama admits that genocide is sure to occur, with Shiites slaughtering Sunnis, if U.S. forces withdraw now. He goes on to dismiss the bloodshed, on the grounds that since the United States isn’t strong enough to prevent genocide everywhere, it shouldn’t care about it anywhere.

In an editorial, the venerable New York Times, that bastion of liberalism, also admitted that genocide was an inevitable consequence of withdrawal. The Times’ editors then shrugged their collective shoulders in print. Oh well-not our problem.

Of all of things that America stands for, this should be last on the list: blind acceptance of genocide, especially when we have the means in place to do something about it. Believe what you will about the value of this war or our motives for entering into it. Even if you believe the worst, isn’t protecting millions of innocent lives reason enough to stay?

We have battled intolerance before, have we not? We were horrified by the Holocaust. We mobilized our nation and sacrificed hundreds of thousands to fight it. And, once that war was over, we would spend unprecedented amounts of cash to rebuild the nations we had fought. More recently, tales of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo moved us to intervene, to protect the innocents that were being slaughtered by a brutal oppressor.

Yet, there are times when America turns a blind eye to genocide. Millions died in the killing fields of Cambodia and we scarcely took notice.

Chairman Mao was responsible for tens of millions of deaths, more than any other ruler in the history of man. Not only did we do nothing to stop it, this incredibly evil man would become a folk legend of sorts among the more “hip” members of American society. A Hollywood icon like Cameron Diaz angrily denounces President Bush for his supposed crimes, yet she turns around and sports gear that pays tribute to a monster like Mao.

How is this possible? Why the disconnect? It’s hard to escape the conclusion that, among the “enlightened,” liberal classes, brown and yellow people simply don’t matter.

They surely don’t reach this conclusion consciously, but they do arrive at it unconsciously, which is a far more dangerous route. For, to the public at-large, they appear to be exercising the highest of moral standards by opposing war as a means to an end. In fact, they effectively choose to selectively embrace force in response to evil-only when that evil threatens people of similar skin pigmentation.

We have, finally and painfully, made significant strides in Iraq. Critics of the war had written off Andabar, the largest province in the nation and one which houses a huge Sunni population. The combination of increased U.S. presence and Al-Quida atrocities turned the Sunnis in Andabar around. Today, the terrorists are on the retreat in Andabar. Attacks have drastically reduced and the Sunni population co-operates with, rather than fighting against, American forces.

The same is true in Baghdad, where sectarian violence has been drastically reduced and Al-Quida has been forced into an embarrassing retreat. Increasingly, U.S. forces are helping to restore stability and plant the seeds of hope in a nation that has known nothing but violence and fear for 30 years.

General Petraeus reported all of this to Congress. His was a message of hope, which is remarkable if you think about it. This region of the world is used to thinking about government in selfish, tribal, parochial terms. Yet, in a few short years, the vast majority of the population has learned the value of compromise and cooperation-to some extent at least.

We may thank Al-Quida for that. The alternative that the terrorists have offered is attractive to few Iraqis, no matter that these few are all too willing to blow themselves up. Whenever the forces of Al-Quida have briefly taken control, oppression, murder and intolerance have quickly followed.

The Iraqi people, of all sects, are too sophisticated to put up with that level of abuse for long. Even if they sympathize with religious values, it’s easy to see that church should be matter of choice, while state ought be an independent entity.

If we were fighting the same battle on our own shores, is there any doubt that we would react with righteous anger? Would we stand, for a second, the idea that a foreign group of religious fanatics should attempt to intimidate us into accepting their form of belief? And, if we resisted them, would we spare any expense to track down and bring to justice anyone who murdered innocent civilians in retaliation?

All that is different about this fight is that it is being fought half a world away and that the innocents being killed are somewhat darker in color than ourselves. These two circumstances seem to justify genocide among the people who oppose the war, which tells us all we need to know about them. Murder, to the Harry Reids and Barack Obamas of the world, is just fine-so long as white folk aren’t killed.

That’s worse than politics. That’s simply appalling.

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3 Comments »

  1. How many US troops died this summer ? MORE THAN ANY SUMMER SINCE WE WERE IN IRAQ but you wouldnt know that. is oil production up to pre war levels? No. Is electricity service up to pre war levels? NO.

    Ny times a bastion of liberalism..lol come on now Judy miller was there parrotting the lies of the adminastration without question..and now you use them (nytimes) to try and back your justification for illegal occupation. can we say hypocrite

    obama a racist lol u are a joke!!! i suppose bill o’lielly isnt a racist either..lol or rusty lintball..

    batreus was in charge when we lost 100,000’s of automatic weapons
    batreus was in charge when we lost over 9 BILLION dollars good job~!

    how many al quada were in iraq before the illegal war? NONE

    you are another liar from the riech wing media

    YOU QUISLING

    Comment by B Dullum — September 27, 2007 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  2. Dear Cheap Seat:

    As usual, your sarcasm has trumped your honesty. But I guess in the real world the only possible way to make your radical neo-con viewpoint seem reasonable is to lie through your teeth.

    Paragraph by paragraph:

    #1. You can dismiss the “angry” response to the Petraeus Report from “Democrats and Liberals” as “politics as usual” if you wish. But to do so, you must first ignore the Republicans that are also criticizing The Miracle Surge. And you must also ignore practically everything Congressional Republicans and the Bush Administration have done the past six years and pretend none of it ever happened. Politics as usual? Sort of like the pot calling the kettle black.

    #2. “Racists of the worst kind…” Really, I can hardly wait to hear this one.

    #3. “Many opponents of the war make several claims that are clearly nonsense.” And everyone who sold this war to us made many, many claims that were and are clearly nonsense – and that is being very kind.

    “…if the U.S. would simply pull out of Iraq, today, or preferably yesterday, the nation would be at peace.” What have you been smoking? Nobody has said this. Well, to be honest, I can’t say “nobody” has said this – perhaps it was your crazy Uncle Edgar who said it – no one who matters ever said this. To pretend that this is the position of the major Democratic leaders and presidential candidates is just dishonest and nothing else. A pure lie and you know it.

    #4. Obama “goes on to dismiss the bloodshed, on the grounds that since the United States isn’t strong enough to prevent genocide everywhere, it shouldn’t care about it anywhere.” Please document this. When and where exactly did Barack Obama say we as a nation, as a civilization, should not care about genocide? If you are going to place such inflammatory rhetoric in people’s mouths, you must cite references to maintain any credibility as a serious person.

    If Obama really said this I really want to know: but based on the entirety of your column, filled to the brim with deceit and claptrap, I cannot take you at your word.

    #5. “…Times’ editors then shrugged their collective shoulders in print. Oh well-not our problem.” Really? Please give me the date of that edition of the New York Times so I can look it up. I read the NYT every morning and I missed it.

    #6. “…blind acceptance of genocide …isn’t protecting millions of innocent lives reason enough to stay?” Once again the implication that any Democrats, Liberals, or Progressives advocate turning our collective backs and allowing genocide to happen (as if it is not happening already) is a complete misrepresentation. Also known as a lie.

    #7. “We were horrified by the Holocaust. We mobilized our nation and sacrificed hundreds of thousands to fight it.” Revisionist history. We were certainly horrified by the Holocaust once we were all aware it was happening – as all civilized people were and still are. However, just for the record, the Holocaust had next to nothing to do with our entrance into World War II. Did you ever learn about Pearl Harbor in school? How about the Battle of Britain or the invasion of Poland? Ken Burns’ “The War” has been playing on PBS this week – it’s excellent and you should take a peek if you wish to learn something.

    “…tales of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo moved us to intervene.” A very rich irony as the Republican Party and the extremist neo-con chickenhawks you idolize fought the demonic Bill Clinton tooth, fang and nail over the Balkan intervention.

    #8. “Millions died in the killing fields of Cambodia and we scarcely took notice.” More revisionist nonsense. I will excuse you here as perhaps you are personally too young to remember all the notice that was taken.

    #9. “Chairman Mao was responsible for tens of millions of deaths, more than any other ruler in the history of man.” No American I know or have ever read about anywhere at any time has ever had anything positive to say about Mao, he was certainly a cruel mass-murderer of epic proportions, but this is a bit of an exaggeration. Mao was evil, no sane person would argue that point, but the equally evil Stalin probably killed more, and so did Genghis Khan.

    “…this incredibly evil man would become a folk legend of sorts among the more ‘hip’ members of American society.” Where do you come up with this rubbish? Bob Dylan was a folk legend, Mao Zedong was just another brutal dictator to all the hipsters I ever knew. You know, Adolf Hitler is a folk legend to many members of American society, too. So what does that prove? It proves that a few dingbats here and there can have outrageously idiotic thoughts? But that wasn’t what you were after, was it? You meant to plant the notion the minds of gullible readers that “hip” Americans (who? Hippies? Democrats? Hollywood? Rock stars?) idolize a brutal dictator and therefore all Democrats and Liberals must be suspected as communists. And how do you document this nonsense? You saw a picture of the brilliant political theorist Carmen Diaz wearing a shirt with a picture of Mao on it. Jeez.

    #10. “..among the ‘enlightened,’ liberal classes, brown and yellow people simply don’t matter.” A completely unsubstantiated piece of slanderous gibberish. Oh, wait, I’m sorry, you did substantiate it: based on Carmen Diaz’ wardrobe choice, it is obvious that all Liberals think brown and yellow people do not matter.

    #11. “They [the liberal classes and the enlightened, we assume] surely don’t reach this conclusion consciously, but they do arrive at it unconsciously…” So, now the Cheap Seat is tuned in to the collective unconscious of all Liberals. Pal, based on your columns you don’t even have a clue what Liberals actually say or write, let alone what they think, either consciously or unconsciously. You are just making this bilge up as you go.

    “…they effectively choose to selectively embrace force in response to evil-only when that evil threatens people of similar skin pigmentation.” Well, it was Bush, Inc. and the neo-con chickenhawks who chose to invade and occupy Iraq, where no genocide was then occurring, and completely ignore Darfur, where a genocide was occurring. It was Bill Clinton, a Democrat, who did try to take action in Somalia and the Republican Congress stopped him.

    You may have your delusions if you like. And we all know that only Republicans and so-called conservatives are capable of humanitarian acts. But just for my edification, for which yellow or brown people did Republicans intervene to save from genocide?

    #12-#15. This is what the Bush Administration is telling us, of course, via the Petraeus Report, but there are many interpretations of the facts and events that differ significantly from the Bush world view. I hope the Petraeus Report is correct, I hope we all want peace, but the experience of the past several years has taught me to be very skeptical of anything from the Bush Administration. Time will tell.

    #17. I could hardly imagine a more delusion and dishonest analogy. In the first place, the largest group of foreigners in Iraq are the American military and employees of the corporate beneficiaries of Bush crony capitalism. In the second-place, the so-called Al-Qaida in Iraq are for the most part home grown. And further, most honest analysts admit that only a very small portion of the insurgents are not Iraqi. The ever-heroic Dubya can try all he wants to portray all the Iraqi insurgents as taking orders from Osama bin Laden, and he can tell us all day these are the same guys who attacked us on 9/11, but only the hopelessly foolish, (and Lush Dimbulb, FauxNews and Sham Hammity), actually believe this drivel.

    The real analogy would be to imagine how Americans would behave if occupied by a foreign superpower for no reason. Imagine our government deposed, our military and National Guards disbanded. Imagine we spent the last five years without electricity or water. Imagine most of us had no access to health care or medicine – oh, we already don’t have those.

    #18. “Murder, to the Harry Reids and Barack Obamas of the world, is just fine-so long as white folk aren’t killed.” What an ugly piece of filthy slander. Of course, you cannot document or substantiate this baloney in any way – it is just a smug and sarcastic Cheap Seat who thinks it’s cute to insult and libel U.S. senators.

    From start to finish, your column is nothing but pure obfuscation and mendacity. Republican politics as usual, in other words.

    Comment by Poindexter — September 28, 2007 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  3. Don’t forget that red people don’t matter either – I see no mention the U.S. genocide against the native population, stole their land, intentionally killed off their food source, starved them, shot their women and children, destroyed their culture, put them on reservations, not even a “sorry.”

    Comment by joe blow — October 25, 2007 @ 11:56 am | Reply


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