|"Of course, not a one of you is bothering to get within 5000 miles of Iraq, despite your constant ranting about what a great and noble cause it is. As per usual, the political and intellectual classes chatter in comfort while underpaid 20 year old boys die or are mutilated for life."|
You are correct that I, for one have not bothered to go to Iraq to fight the war myself. As a 38-year-old out-of-shape mother of 5, I think I can accomplish much more here, taking care of my children, than I would in Iraq. Besides, I have a strong suspicion that the military would refuse my services if I offered.
However, you are very wrong to imply that none of us is at risk as a result of this war. My 24-year-old brother is in Baghdad. He volunteered to be among those who patrolled the streets during the elections--to ensure the safe delivery of this newborn babe Ms. Brandon so beautifully spoke of. And he is proud to do it, even though it means that he has been away from his own newborn baby for 6 months, and is well-aware that he risks his life every moment. It is true that even if I were a lily-livered, hit-me-again-I-deserve-it cowardly Saddamite, I could not have stopped him from going.
As I write this tears are coming to my eyes--partly from the overwhelming pride I feel for my brother and what he is willing to risk, and partly in frustration that you, and the cowards like you, continue to deny the importance and the RIGHTNESS of what he and his fellow soldiers are doing.
"SOLO style objectivism has become a weird cult of death, self-sacrifice, imperialism, statism and warmongering."
Clearly, sir, you have not been paying attention and it's not likely that you'll start now.
Don't let the door hit you in the ass.