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Warning: Warblog

I've been thinking about both sides to the upcoming war, and I find i support the war for a number of reasons: one of which is, well...the disgust i feel for the hypocrisy of some of the anti-war protesters. I think that this article describes some of what i mean. here's a quote:

"I saw another example, when I went cross-country skiing up to Lake Conroe yesterday. My resort's SUV parked behind a row of other SUVs which were mottled with a festoonery of bumper stickers that said things like, "My other car is a bicycle", "Custer had it coming", "Capitalism is bad for children and other living things", "Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing an idiot", "Oil Kills" and finally "No Blood For Oil". ...Setting aside, for the moment, the enormous amount of petrol that an SUV consumes in four-wheel drive through the snow merely so that some yuppie-hippies can go play in it - I sometimes wonder if people of this ilk realize that plastics are oil-derivatives. In order to participate in the leisure culture we call Greenies, you have to have: 1) capitalism - I really doubt communists had cool ski gear like that, 2) a surplus of energy - if oil prices rise to European levels, a lot of those ski resorts will go out of business, 3) Western culture - I don't see a lot of Middle- eastern brand granola bars. I'm no materials scientist, but I'm pretty sure that those brightly colored, svelte snow- suits aren't made from sheared local sheep and hand-woven by natives, either."

Oh, so you think that the entire upcoming war is over oil? well, then sell your goddamn SUV and buy something that gets 50mpg. Use fewer plastics, or at least recycle what you have.


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Feb. 17th, 2003 04:18 pm (UTC)
You go!
Feb. 17th, 2003 05:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know that the hypocrisy of others is something that I would consider either in favor or against war, but I suppose if it bolsters your basic opinion, it is another reason to feel passionate about it. Not all of us are hypocrites, though. At least, not entirely.
Feb. 17th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)
perhaps i did phrase it poorly. It is a reason to feel passionate about the war, but not necessarily a reason to be for, or against. And please don't think i'm accusing you personally of hyprocrisy.

It just seems to me that many anti-war protesters aren't thinking things through. Yes, innocent people are going to die, but what about the millions of innocent Iraqis civilians have *already* died, and how many millions more will die if we do not go in and do something? Also, the claim that this upcoming war is just about oil seems awfully shortsighted to me. It fails to take into account the many complexities of the international political situation. And the idea that we must wait to attack until we are attacked first? We can't afford to do that when biological, chemical, and possibly nuclear weapons are involved.

Basically, i feel that Saddam Hussein is someone who poses a threat to the US either now, or very soon down the road. If we do not do something definite now, he and other US-hostile members of the Arab Street will take it as weakness and incidents against the US will escalate, to something that might be more catastrophic than 9/11. It scares me, but i feel it is something that must be done.

i'm sorry for the disjointed post. I'm not a very good writer when it comes to distilling passionate feeling into civil discourse.

Feb. 19th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
this is a link to the most cogent thoughts I have found about the matter. From FCNL, Friends Committee on National Legislation (a lobbying group of Quakers) http://www.fcnl.org/issues/int/sup/iraq_war1115-02.htm Here's a snippet...
"U.S. and global dependence on Persian Gulf oil gives inordinate power to Saddam Hussein and other undemocratic regimes in the Persian Gulf region. Fourteen percent of current U.S. oil consumption is imported from the Middle East, and Iraq's known oil reserves are second only to those of Saudi Arabia. Because of the over-dependence of the U.S. and many of its allies on Persian Gulf oil, our diplomatic and economic leverage to resolve crises peacefully is sharply reduced, and our policy options are limited. To avoid another dangerous, potentially devastating war over oil, Congress should enact a sensible national energy policy that reduces wasteful oil consumption, improves energy efficiency, promotes conservation, and develops alternative, renewable sources of energy."
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