Friday, November 04, 2005

Another Quick Reality Check

Maybe I’m looking at the proverbial glass as half empty instead of half full. If the subject wasn’t life and death, I might be able to agree with that assessment. However, when it comes to losing one’s life or the life of a loved one, the glass isn’t half full or half empty. The glass is broken.

Having said that, here’s another quick note to draw our attention to reality.

The two articles published by Capitol Hill Blue were encouraging albeit too little too late for many Americans, British and Iraqis.

I, nonetheless, thought it necessary to sober us up a bit.

According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released today, when asked, knowing what the present goals are in Iraq, if the number of casualties suffered by American troops has been acceptable or unacceptable, an outrageous 25% of those polled answered “acceptable”. It’s a low number and, if you see the trend, it’s been decreasing.

Yet, with evidence that the intelligence was cooked strengthening and getting more airplay, 25% of those asked think that the number of casualties, deaths, the end of life, for American military personnel is acceptable!

Even if this war was “legitimate”, whatever that means, would the deaths of young Americans ever be acceptable? Think about it. If you’re a soldier who is fighting in Iraq, how would you feel if you knew that 25% of your countrymen, according to this poll, felt that it would be acceptable for you to be killed?

If you had a loved one fighting in Iraq, how would you feel if you knew that 25% of Americans, according to this poll, think that it’s acceptable if your loved one is killed?

25% of Americans approve of your or your loved one’s demise, knowing that there were no WMD in Iraq and that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

I’m not in Iraq nor do I have a loved one who is but I truly believe that, if I learned that 25% of my countrymen thought that it was OK for me or my loved one to be killed so that Iraqis can vote, I’d question the grasp that those who make up that 25% have on the words “patriotism” and “finality”.

I’d also wonder if they had a loved one in Iraq or if they were eligible to be there.

If they were eligible to be there and they weren’t yet they were saying that it’s OK for me or my loved one to disappear from the face of the earth to enable Iraqis to vote, it would be the ultimate insult. The ultimate insult!

There are answers to other poll questions that not only are shocking but that just don’t fit in with what we hear about Americans overwhelmingly finding the war, as well as The Regime, repugnant.

You can find the shocking answers to these polls at

To friendship,

“The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.” – Ludwig von Mises

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