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April 01, 2003

Heart of Stone This is

Heart of Stone

This is going to sound very unsympathetic, but I can't help it. The story of our soldiers killing the vanload of women and children is playing on the television news more than I am comfortable with. Is it a tragedy? Yes. Do I wish it could have been avoided? Absolutely. But the fact is, it can't be avoided. If a van, bus, car, motorcycle, scooter or tricycle does not stop when requested by our military, we do not have much of a choice but to open fire on the vehicle. If women and children are in the car then we will have to deal with them as casualties of war, but we cannot afford to take that risk.

I find it incredibly funny, not ha-ha funny, but "Hey, isn't that odd?" kind of funny, that the Iraqi government will show these deaths as evidence that the coalition forces are targeting civilians and wish to kill as many innocent people as possible. At the same time, the Iraqi military will put women and children in front of their tanks and vehicles as human shields. If you think for one minute that they actually give a rat's ass about the people killed in that van then you have not been paying attention. I'm sure that Peace Mongers have already made up posters with this incident as further evidence that we should not be fighting this war, but their anger is misplaced. I'm sure those Peace Mongers don't really understand what our troops are going through, and many of them are participating in these marches simply because their friends are, or because marching for peace just sounds like the right thing to do. Many of my students blindly attend peace gatherings because "Who wouldn't want peace?" WE ALL WANT PEACE JACKASSES!!!! It's just sometimes people feel we have to wage war to get a more stable peace. Do NOT take this as a whole-hearted endorsement of this war, because it is not. It's just that we are at war, and I WILL NOT participate in actions that the soldiers could take as a lack of support. Saying, "We support our troops, but not the war" is the lamest thing I have heard in weeks, and the people saying that are missing the boat. We are at war, and I will support our troops. Perhaps I will protest by not participating in "Support for War" marches, but not by peace marches either.

Our troops had to shoot those people in the van because they could have easily been carrying an assload of explosives in the back. Believing that this government would not use such people to carry out these attacks is irresponsible. While I do wish the tragedy had not occurred, I see that our forces had very little choice. I'm sure they will live with this for the rest of their lives...........and for that Saddam should pay dearly .

Posted by Woundwort at April 1, 2003 02:06 PM | TrackBack
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