Matt Gray

Good lord, what are we doing

Mar 17, 2003

Alright, I don’t like Saddam Hussein at all. I laughed at his role in the South Park Movie. But after viewing the gallery of photos depicting demonstrations around the world, I’m worried about the public image of my country. Remember the times when U.S. flag-burning was confined to Iran and Iraq, Libya, and maybe Lebanon - and not in Europe, South America, and elsewhere - all at the same time?

I just watched Bowling for Columbine, and though the movie was released before the Iraq fiasco unfolded, it raised so many telling points about the culture of fear in our country, and why it paradoxically drives us to perpetuate it with violence. I would recommend this movie to anyone.

However, should war begin (and it seems inevitable), I refuse to open a second front for our troops to worry about - the home front. As much as I may disagree with the foreign policy decisions being made, I don’t think it is fair to cast blame on our soldiers. After all, they have sacrificed years of their own lives to defend and protect our great nation.

When the bombs start dropping, I will be discouraged, but I will not malign or jeer at our troops. I will accept the war as fact, and simply wish for a swift conclusion, with minimal casualties. The only way to ensure that, however, is to not hold back. Overwhelming force has my approval. Let’s get the job done, and start repairing all the damage these past and coming weeks will do to our national identity.

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