Jewish World Review March 24, 2003 / 20 Adar II, 5763
Raoul Lowery Contreras
Excelling at friction
http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | "We thrive in the imperfect; we excel at friction," Colonel Padilla said, using (US) Marine jargon for difficulty. The oil field having been taken, he was relaxing in a folding chair at his new command post. Last night was nothing but friction," he said. "Friction and the fog of war."
So we read in the New York Times. Our forces took thousands of square miles of Iraqi territory in the first 72-hours, thousands of self-surrendered Iraqi soldiers came over under white flags, including an entire tank division.
Illegal Iraqi SCUD missiles were fired against us and Kuwait and were shot down by our improved Patriot missiles. The prohibited weapons were and are proof that Iraq was in violation of UN demands of disarmament of the Hussein government. Enough proof to go to war, yes, with more to come. After all, if Hussein and his government had complied with UN demands, the invasion would have never happened.
There are several other fronts to be fought in this war--Europe, in the Arab street and at home.
The New York Times reports, "…that 70 percent of Americans approved of Mr. Bush's handling of Iraq, an increase of 19 points in 10 days. The percentage of people who disapproved of Mr. Bush's Iraqi policy dropped 15 points, to 27 percent, during that same period."
The Times survey "suggested a number of ways the nation was rallying behind Mr. Bush's argument. For example, 74 percent approve of the United States taking military action to remove Mr. Hussein from power, up from 66 percent 10 days ago. Of those who supported military action, 60 percent said they held that position because it was "the right thing to do," compared with 13 percent who said they were doing it out of support for the president.
Yes, the President has the peoples' support. Yes, there is opposition to the war. Yes, there are demonstrators out on the streets of America. Yes, so what?
Their arguments are silly. We will not and are not killing thousands of "innocent" civilian Iraqi women and children. The few Iraqi soldiers who are fighting are dispatched quickly if they don't surrender. Iraqis who have surrendered vastly outnumber those who fight and die.
Thousands of Americans are not dying. In fact, as of this writing, four Marines died in a helicopter crash in Kuwait and two Marines died fighting among the oil wells in Southern Iraq (one is a Los Angeleno, Cpl. Jose Gutierrez). Reports of four 3rd Infantry Division soldiers being killed are circulating at this moment.
Information about our forces and their attack is astounding, thus belying the protester's claim of President Bush hiding facts from the public. Over 700 journalists are "embedded" in front line units. Thanks to President Bush, the world has been watching the furious and speedy advance of the Army's 3rd Division on live television. The world watches as Iraqi citizens welcome American Marines in the South; it watches as Iraqi men ask, "Where is the helping; where is the food?"
Is there anything more satisfying to us, the war's supporters, than to see plain ordinary Iraqi citizens giving our Marines a "thumbs up" sign?
In the world, we still see people hitting the streets, communist unions calling for general strikes, editorial and official opposition, but why should we care? What we haven't seen is hundreds of thousands of Iraqis hitting the streets opposing us, nor mobs of Iraqi citizens fleeing Iraq to Jordan or Iran; nor Iraqis living in the United States hitting the streets to protest. Outside Detroit, the largest Iraqi and Arab population in the United States lives here in my city. They are supportive of this war and the President almost to the person. Of course, there are a few Iraqi and Moslem protestors among them, but they aren't numerous, nor paid attention to by the massive San Diego Arab community.
There are those who claim the anti-war protestors are signaling on-going dissent and opposition to the 70-percent plus of Americans who support the War and the President. The claim is that this 20-30 percent will keep protesting the war in order to target all of American society in order to affect deep pro- protestor favored changes in the future.
It is this opinion, however, that these people, while constitutionally guaranteed free speech and expression, simply have little basis with which to challenge the United States of America, a country made up of over 280-million people, most of whom don't give a whit for what these protesters stand for and by. The protesters' position may be a mile wide, but it is only one intellectual inch deep. It appears to be mindless emotion and hate against the President of the United States, a man who, but for the votes of one city, New York, carried a majority of the country into the 21st Century, another American Century, it appears.
All one has to do is read these words from the current BLACK COMMENTATOR MAGAZINE to see why these protestors, and those young uninformed, unformed high- schoolers who left schools to protest, as well as the white middle-class protestors on our streets and in Hollywood, are not only irresponsible and out of touch, but bitterly irrelevant; to wit:
"...the American people as a whole will be rightfully judged guilty of premeditated crimes against human civilization. We do not say this for rhetorical effect, nor are we referring to any religious notions of collective guilt. The criminal enterprise on which the United States is embarked - the ghastly equivalent of a live-fire, multi-megaton Fourth of July celebration of the New American Century - is the end product of a society shaped by genocide and slavery. White America sees the world through the eyes of the mass murderer and slaveholder. Were it not so, there would not exist the grotesque disconnect between white American public opinion and the opinions of mankind, shared generally by Black America. Bush would not be possible."
"We thrive in the imperfect; we excel at friction," Colonel Padilla said, using Marine jargon for difficulty." This from the New York Times. This from me--Amen, Colonel.
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