Give the new Socialist government in Spain this much credit – they are trying to meet the U.S., Britain and its allies half-way. Although determined to pull his country’s troops out of Iraq in June, Jose Zapatero has doubled the amount of Spanish soldiers, from 125 to 250, to help keep the peace in Afghanistan.
As I read the news about Zapatero’s Afghanistan fig-leaf, I got to thinking about the run-down to the November presidential election. Anti-Bush zealots will be rolling out, among their many reasons to vote against Bush, the assertion that he threw us into two wars.
You know, if you want to dismiss the Iraq War as superfluous, unnecessary, imperialist, blood-for-oil, based-on-lies bullshit, more power to you. How anyone could not see the bright side that was the capture and arrest of Saddam Hussein and the complete smashing of the Ba’athist state, is beyond me. OK, the allegations against Saddam Hussein were based on erroneous information, but the supply and gathering of information is a human endeavor. I can delve more into this in another entry, but for now, I will allow that it’s understandable to be cynical about the Iraq war – especially if you simply go on just the gut instinct to question the Bush Administration’s motives and weed out the baser instincts of the terror-abetting, Islamo-fanatic, anti-American segments that were a significant part of the anti-war movement.
The Afghanistan war was different. We had just been attacked by a terror network with provable ties to the heads of state in Afghanistan, known as the Taliban. The Taliban repressed the people of their country and the first step in fighting a war on terror, and to express our displeasure over 9-11, was to attack that regime. It was a calculated war, motivated only by the desire to knock out a festering Islamofascist ulcer on the face of the Middle East.
It’s not just some liberals who piss and moan over the war in Afghanistan, however. Old-school conservatives such as Charley Reese, Paul Craig Roberts, Stephen Chapman, Joseph Sobran and Samuel Francis see fit to include the war against the Taliban as a reason to dislike Bush. Whether the criticism is of a liberal or conservative nature is a moot point, however, as those who were doves on the Afghanistan war had their heads lodged comfortably up an orifice where the sun don’t shine.
For those who wish to complain that Bush dragged us into two wars, I ask: Did those lives that perished on 9-11 mean anything to you at all? Was that event not the excuse we needed to forcibly beat the Taliban out of power? Is there no excuse for war whatsoever? Are you doomed to be a dove no matter what the circumstances?
It’s really odd how everybody, except for perhaps some of the old-school conservatives mentioned, didn’t have anything to say about war against Serbia, opposition to which all met the same criteria as the Don’t-attack-Iraq brigade.
Those who decry the Afghanistan war are beyond hope.