Thursday, March 16, 2006

War, Huh, What is it good for?

I am officially sick to death of hearing peacenik anti-war claptrap.

“War, Nobby. Huh! What is it good for?” he said.
“Dunno, sarge. Freeing slaves, maybe?”
“Absol-- Well, okay.”
“Defending yourself from a totalitarian aggressor?”
“All right, I'll grant you that, but…”
“Saving civilization against a horde of…”
“It doesn't do any good in the long run is what I'm saying, Nobby, if you'd listen for five seconds together,” said Fred Colon sharply.
"Yeah, but in the long run what does, sarge?”

That is from Terry Pratchett's “Thud!”.

(Hat tip: Mark Steyn)

There are about x zillion ways that anti-war prattle from the Socialist Workers Party, various alleged anarchists and the Green party sucks, but here is my major beef.

These people are not against war as such- there were no anti-war marches when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, when Putin invaded Chechnya (again), when the Rwandan's took the long route to major genocide, when Serbs and non-serbs in Bosnia spent 4 years trying to eliminate each other, when Eritrea and Ethiopia went hammer and tongs over 100 miles of desert, when Liberia and Sierra Leone went into fratricidal death spirals, when the Sudanese recently murdered perhaps 200,000 black Christian tribesmen in Western Sudan and displaced a million more, and most notably when the Democratic Republic of Congo hosted Africa's first world war (3 million + dead and counting). You could have heard a pin drop from the Specialist Wankers Party and the other dullards. No marches, no petitions, no vigils, no debates, no sit-ins, no descent on parliament, nothing AT ALL. And why is that do you suppose? These events have all taken place since 1980. The estimates of deaths number perhaps FIVE MILLION.

Deaths in Iraq: 31,000 approx.
Reason for deaths: 98% fratricidal brutalities between Shia and Sunni

But of course the REAL difference between those 31,000 deaths and the FIVE MILLION disregarded and ignored deaths is, the US had nothing to do with them.

Tell me, what is the UN for if FIVE MILLION people can die on its watch?

Its time for the UN to say goodnight, and good luck, and for the moral nations of the world to take on the jobs that need doing.

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