Nobody is dying in Iraq.
That's the impression the Bush Administration obviously would like us to have. That's why Bush has refused to attend a single funeral for a dead soldier. And why images of flag-draped coffins are not a staple of our daily media diet, even though our soldiers are sacrificing their lives in our name every day.
Now that they have been proved wrong, the extremists in the pro-war camp have turned even more inward and blinded themselves even more to reality, because there is so much more to ignore. And some of them have signalled their cult-like desperation with threats against those who do not choose to drink their brand of Kool-Aid.
At one popular pro-war site (InstaPundit-approved, according to the site), they're not afraid to use threats of physical violence to prove how serious they are about striking out against those who highlight unpleasant realities such as U.S. casualty figures. Here is the response of the proprietor of the site, who hides behind the pseudonym "Emperor Misha I," to a Flash animation created by Eric Blumrich:
Lil' Eric obviously thinks that the reactions to his little peace [sic] of treason and pissing on dead heroes' graves is funny, or maybe he's just pretending to be laughing, to hide the fact that he's got shit running down the legs of his pants.
Here's a hint to you, Eric: The gov't can't do anything to you over that ad, but that's the extent of your protection under the First Amendment.
The rest of us, however, aren't the gov't, in case you've forgotten, and quite few of us would be more than happy to wipe that nervous little grin off your traitorous mug - with a belt sander.
Not saying anything in specific, mind you, but we'd be damn careful about showing our face in public if we were you. You just never know who that perfect stranger behind you in that alleyway might be. Could be a sibling or other relative of one of the fallen soldiers that you just took a dump on the grave of, and G-d only knows what might happen then.
Eric may not be famous enough to be a pick for the 2004 Dead Pool, but there's another signed Imperial Mug for the first LC to inform me that Eric Blumrich has died in a "tragic" accident.
(I provide no link to the blog entry on purpose--see note below.)