Delight in smooth sounding platitudes, refusal to face unpleasant facts, desire for popularity and electoral success irrespective of the vital interests of the State, genuine love of peace and pathetic belief that love can be its sole foundation... utter devotion of the Liberals to sentiment apart from reality [all these things] constituted a picture of... fatuity and fecklessness which, though devoid of guile, was not devoid of guilt, and through free from wickedness and evil design, played a definite part in the unleashing upon the world of horrors and miseries which, even so far as they have unfolded, are beyond comparison in human experience.
Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm
I am totally the quintessence of the sentimental liberal described here. I have long known how irrational, or at least unusual this is, but in light of recent events I have to examine what this means to me. Do I believe in killing killers and criminals? I have long said no. I have to think on this.
As far as activism, I made this note for myself: So, I ask myself, instead of protesting a war which is supposedly overdue, and dammit, has ALREADY STARTED, what can the average person do to try to encourage our government not to have such a bass-ackwards policy once the shooting stops??????? If I look at my feelings realistically, I know that I can't imagine our country not following through with what it has started and eliminating Hussein's regime. However, that doesn't mean there is no place for protests or trying to affect policy. But "Don't Treat the Iraqi People Like Wayward Irresponsible Orphans Or Cripple Them Economically Once You Kill Saddam" doesn't fit on a poster as well as "No War" I guess.
As for the French jokes, bronzemountain expressed my disdain for that crap better than I ever could have.