Friday, April 22, 2005

Peace at all Costs

A few weeks ago, the Reporter ran a cover story on “former Marine Sgt. Jimmy Massey” and I can’t stand it anymore. Massey was invited into the school system to indoctrinate the students - it’s just that simple. He was “sponsored by the Springfield Area Peace and Justice” - no agenda there. He spoke to “Social Studies” classes, but was there an opposing or balancing speaker provided? Of course not. So, again, I’ll rise to the challenge and provide some balance.

According to Massey, he’s “here to let everyone know just how desensitized to violence you can get when you are part of any war effort. In a 48 hour period I’ve seen over 35 civilians killed, the youngest being only six years old. That’s war and that’s what’s going on in Iraq.” According to Gunnery Sgt. Mark Francis of the II Marine Expeditionary Force “what’s going on in Iraq” has a different tone. Francis asked to be sent toys for children. He explains that “on each patrol we take through the city, we take as many toys as will fit in our pockets and hand them out as we can. The kids take the toys and run to show them off as if they were worth a million bucks. We are as friendly as we can be to everyone we see, but especially so with the kids.” Now there’s a desensitized soldier! But wait, there’s more: “On one such patrol, our lead security vehicle stopped in the middle of the street...reported a little girl sitting in the road and said she just would not budge. As the vehicles went around her, I soon saw her sitting there and in her arms she was clutching a little bear that we had handed her a few patrols back...The rest of the convoy paused and I got out to make sure she was OK. The little girl looked scared and concerned, but there was a warmth in her eyes toward me. As I knelt down to talk to her, she moved over and pointed to a mine in the road.”

“Massey said the United States was committing genocide in Iraq.” This is the same claim that Massey makes in a report run by Al Jazeera, but it may come as news to people who actually live in Iraq. The Iraqi bloggers at http://messopotamian.blogspot.com graciously gave me permission to print their story: “the war toppled a monstrous regime of a bestial clan, and freed a hostage majority. Whatever other motive lay behind the intervention, this was a valiant act of chivalry. And when the American people ( as proved by their vote) and their president are willing to spill the blood of their children and the treasure of their land to help the Iraqi people regain their freedom and build their democracy, this comes from their respect and belief in the humanity of their fellow humans, regardless of distance and racial differences. Racism consists of ignoring the plight of your fellow humans. ‘We must not mess about with the problems of the third world, withdraw immediately and leave them to their own resources.’ they say. That mayhem and genocide can ensue does not seem to bother these ‘do-gooders’.”

Massey claims “Capitalism is being forced on others...We are forcing our will and life on other countries.” Again, I turn to the Iraqis themselves: “this infant democracy that is just beginning in our country will grow and become strong but it needs the helping hand and protection of its powerful friends who were the basic instrument of God’s mercy to bring it into being; especially at these times when it is still too weak and fragile. And make no mistake either, that if it were not for the powerful presence of the Friend, the monsters and wolves infesting the place would loose no time in completely dismembering, deavouring and interring the remains of the new born.”

“When one student asked him if he felt it was worth it, he answered, ‘No. You cannot support democracy through the barrel of a gun. That is the same as the Nazis did during World War II.” This tidbit is so loaded that I am going to come at it from a few points. First, I’d like to introduce you to George Perez, a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. At 21, Perez lost his leg in action in Iraq. After lengthy recovery, he re-enlisted to rejoin his regiment in Afghanistan. Perez said, “I’m not ready to get out yet. I’m not letting this little injury stop me..” Obviously, Perez thinks it’s worth it. Second, as my 6-year-old has just learned, democracy was supported and won for this country “through the barrel of a gun” and it was the only way it could have been done. Thirdly, the Nazis did not support democracy, they were National Socialists, which is essentially exactly what Saddam Hussein was.

Massey speaks eloquently for the Springfield Area Peace and Justice. He espouses their ‘peace at all costs’ agenda perfectly. It is a shame on them that their agenda is so clearly in support of the terrorists and dictators. Pursuing their goals would have doomed the Iraqi people to indiscriminate rape and murder as has been documented time and again. That doesn’t seem to bother them. It leaves me wondering what their true goal is; it certainly doesn’t seem to be peace and justice or truth.

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