Sunday, June 26, 2005

Far From Reason

Who thinks that a war can be won without losses and sacrifices is far from reason.
~ Mohammed, IRAQ THE MODEL

The debate rages on in this country between those who see the War on Terror as an absolute imperative and those who view is as a complete catastrophe. Most in the former group are conservatives. The latter group is comprised largely of liberals.

Very sensitive, and, in my view, very irrational liberals.
  • Liberals who obsess about the level of air conditioning at Gitmo, but are unconcerned with the hellish temperatures that drove our neighbors out of the top windows of the Twin Towers.
  • Liberals who agonize over panties on a prisoner's head, but ignore beheadings of their fellow citizens.
  • Liberals who insult our brave military by comparing them to Nazis, Soviets, and Pol Pot, but forget that Saddam Hussein's regime dropped live prisoners into giant shredding machines--head first for a merciful death, feet first if more punitive measures were in order.
Do liberals sound insane? That question is a matter of some debate in conservative circles. I don't profess to know the answer, but I do know what I see and hear.

What I see and hear is that liberals are through the looking glass, and their world is a scary landscape of moving walls, revolving doors, and sliding floors. There is no right or wrong, no good or evil. The rules are subject to constant change, and change they do. Somehow, since 9/11, liberals have evolved their thinking to a point where America is wrong, the enemy is right. Our military is wrong, the terrorists (excuse me, the "insurgents") are right.

Freedom of speech applies only to them. If conservatives say something disagreeable to their current stand, liberals will be offended to the point of hysteria. Take this quote by Karl Rove, senior advisor to President Bush:

"Conservatives saw the attacks and prepared for war. Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

Now, based on the behavior I have seen from conservatives and liberals since September 11, that statement makes perfect sense to me. But it just about put the liberals over the edge.

And the edge of reason cuts quite sharply whenever emotions are allowed to rule the day.