Tuesday, April 26, 2005

It's The Wanting That Keeps Us Alive

One of the great fallacies of the right wing, especially the Free Republic/Little Green Footballs chunk of the blogosphere, is that we on the left want the U.S. mission in Iraq to "fail". As with most of the things those folks say, that is based on an odious and narrow description of success, which ignores things like, oh, we illegally invaded their country under false pretenses, 'n' stuff.

I, for one, would dearly love Iraq to be a peaceful place, ruled and defended by its own people. I'm quite happy with the idea of it not being ruled by Saddam Hussein... it's just that the cut-off-the-face-to-get-rid-of-a-zit method we used to get rid of him still isn't working.

Perhaps a reminder of what's really at stake is in order.

In that spirit, here is a LiveJournal entry with an amazing and beautiful photojournal of an area on the Iran-Iraq border... complete with the occasional chance of sudden, horrible death.

Tragically, there is no way to take back the invasion. Even more tragically, a lot of people still don't realize why some of us wish to God we could. Some of us don't want the damn oil, or the damn political power, or the damn geopolitical strategizing. Some of us aren't trying to position themselves for an invasion of Iran, or the defense or collapse of Israel, or the Rapture. Some of us just want to leave those people and their land in better shape than when we went there.

Some of us just want to apologize, make reparations, and clean up our damn mess.

Uh... don't you mean they think "that we on the left want the U.S. mission in Iraq to 'fail'."?
Indeed. Fixed. Too damn tired. Must... slee-ee-eep....

Too much Koolaid!
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