Gut Rumbles

April 21, 2008

At the risk of sounding racist

Originally published August 16, 2003

I borrowed this idea from something I read this morning, but it started me thinking. Contrast the American response to the blackout in the northeast to how Iraqi citizens are handling their liberation.

I realize that Iraqis have a tough time now, but they had it tough under Saddam. Goddam. Which do they prefer-- a dictator who may feed them feet-first into a limb-grinder or an army bound and determined to drag them, kicking and screaming, into 21st century prosperity and freedom? They don't seem to be able to make up their minds.

I don't want to call them a bunch of stupid people, but if they continue to act stupidly, I'll draw my own conclusions. I grieve for every American death that happens in that benighted country because it is such a waste. It's a waste of a good American soldier and it's a waste of opportunity for Iraq. Those people never bitched about Saddam, because he killed all the bitchers. We don't.

We allow them to bitch and try to calm them down. We give them food and spend billions of dollars attempting to put their country back in order. They seem to hate us for that.

I'm an old-fashioned kind of guy. I have a lot of Andrew Jackson philosophy about me. If the Iraqi people don't have the patience or the will to accept freedom and prosperity, then let's wash our hands of this sump on the face of the planet and be done with them. Forget being humane or kind to those ungrateful people. Show them what an occupying army actually acts like. Burn 'em. Shoot 'em. Kill 'em. Hang 'em. Put a combat boot on their necks.

I know that American soldiers would never do such a thing. That's what makes me proud of our soldiers. Other invading armies have done every bit of that and more, but we won't. We don't. We are civilized.

I'm just sick and tired of the demonstrations, the killing and the pure dumbassery being displayed by the Iraqi population. I am not certain that THEY are civilized. I'm beginning to wonder if these people deserve freedom.

They obviously don't know how to handle it.

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