What it means to be anti-war
And more importantly, what it does not mean.
I grow weary of hearing the screeching and howling of the war movement.
While it is of course the right of anyone to express their opinion, good
manners and honor would dictate that one not express an opinion which they
are unwilling to personally guarantee. The war movement are of course
short on both manners and honor.
A number of rather ignorant sounding louts have produced records that talk
about the need to attack Saddam Hussein in the most simplistic terms
possible. Either they are incapable of stringing together a coherent
thought or they show an alarming trend towards illiteracy, ignorance and
stupidity in our nation. For the record, Saddam Hussein did not attack us
on 9/11, it was Osama Bin Laden. Just curious but why do your songs not
mention a thing about Kim Il Jong who has threatened a nuclear war against
the United States? Where were you oafs when the Chinese Communists
captured that Navy Reconnaissance plane?
One of the rather childish tactics used by the war movement to justify
their unjustifiable war is to equate their position with an obvious
assumption of virtue. As a professional soldier, one of the most sickening
arguments I hear from the war movement (usually those who have never served
a day in uniform) is that they “support the troops”. Liars.
If these war mongering individuals supported the troops, they would be
perhaps concerned that nearly 100,000 of the first Gulf War veterans have
been diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome, the symptoms of which include but
are not limited to chronic fatigue and illness all the way to birth defects
and of course death. It only took a decade to get this disease recognized
despite the empirical evidence of over 100,000 of the 500,000 Gulf War
Veterans being afflicted with it.
If the pro-war cowards really supported the troops they would have been a
little upset that, while the families and survivors of the 9/11 terror
attacks received in the neighborhood of 1.25 million dollars each, our
military veterans receive next to nothing and will continue to receive
If the pro-war loudmouths really supported the troops, they might ask if
there were another way to handle our international affairs with foreign
nations besides a war. While the last Gulf War fortunately produced small
casualties among our troops, there is an assumption that all wars will be
one-sided victories with little or no blood shed. Of course the pro-war
loudmouths have endless excuses about why they themselves can not serve in
this war, or tout their past military service (if any at all) as a license
to send others to die in their place.
Unable to support their pro-war stance, and to hide behind the obvious fact
that most of them are bloodthirsty cowards and bullies (redundant), the pro-
war crowd like to bandy about accusations of “not supporting the troops”
against those of us who oppose this unjustifiable and un-Constitutional war
(along with calling us un-American and other laughable but predictably
ignorant statements). Somehow the desire to not see our military deployed
in a needless war and to require our public servants in Washington and
elsewhere to limit our foreign relations to only those absolutely necessary
to maintain a strong Constitutional Republic is seen as non-supportive of
the troops. While many of the youngsters in the military have been duped
into believing that this war will be a cake-walk with lots of opportunities
for glory, career advancement and adventure, the realities of war force me
to take a stance to protect these young and gullible souls from being
victimized by the warmongers. I prefer to save our military for their
stated purpose which is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United
States. Specifically, I believe we have over 50,000 Al Qaeda terrorists
hiding in northern Pakistan and a million man North Korean army poised to
invade South Korea among other actual problems. We don´t need to
manufacture a crisis, we have several on our hand already.
Of course the most offensive thing about the pro-war crowd is the notion
that, because we were viciously and savagely attacked by fanatics from
Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, we are similarly entitled to attack someone
else and to kill a lot more! While I have no love for Saddam Hussein, I
don´t recall that the people of Iraq, who will bear the brunt of the
casualties and dying, had anything to do with electing him. Even had they
elected him, to assume that they deserve to die so that we can prevent
possible terrorism (which Saddam has yet to engage in against us despite
years of our bombing raids against his nation) is the height of cowardice,
precisely the sort of behavior one expects from the pro-war crowd. For the
record and since the pro-war crowd donít seem to hear very well, Hussein
was not involved in the 9/11 terror attacks.
My message to the pro-war crowd is simple. If you believe that Saddam
Hussein is responsible for 9/11 in any way, prove it or better yet, ask
the president to prove it. You of course can not do this because even the
president´s own CIA and other agencies are saying that there is no proof
because Hussein was not involved.
If you cannot prove this simple fact, never mind trying to prove that
Hussein has weapons of mass destruction and that somehow this equates a
desire and ability on his part to deploy them against the United States.
Show us how such an attack will in any way help Saddam Hussein to solidify
his control over Iraq and lift the embargo against his nation. You canít
do this either because even a child could see that Hussein has nothing to
gain by attacking the USA and everything to lose. Ahh but then I am
assuming too much when I believe that the pro-war movement are capable of
critical thinking. After all, aren´t you the same simpletons who believe
that we were attacked because “they hate Freedom”?
But, if you must have a war, before we will listen to any more of your
phony bar room tough talk, march yourselves down to the nearest recruiting
office and enlist. Specifically, enlist in the infantry and request front
line combat. More specifically, do it before you open your mouths again,
otherwise veterans like myself will continue to see you for what you really
Loud mouthed cowards.
State Chairman, Constitution Party of Texas
11 March 2003
Al Lorentz is a Fundamentalist Christian and the State Chairman of the Constitution Party of Texas
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