March 27, 2003

Common Human Decency

I frequently hear anti-war Americans (and Brits, for that matter) claim "We support the troops, but not the war." My take has been, how? Are you arguing that showing common human decency, by not spitting on soldiers or throwing rocks at them constitutes "support?" Actually, though, I guess I'd prefer that to this.

And by the way, if you do disagree, you should read this. It's not an attempt to convince you on the merits of the war, per se, and is written by a classical and political liberal whose opinions I greatly respect.

Posted by Jeff at March 27, 2003 06:16 PM | Link Cosmos

it always is the "tolerant" ones isn't it?

There's a 'Happy Days' episode where the Bully Policeman is trying to kick Fonzi out of town and hates that he wears a leather jacket because of what it represents and one night when he's harassing the Fonz the whole town, or at least main characters, come in dressed like the Fonz. That's what people should start doing, maybe I'll pull out my old uniform and do that. It's pathetic that an American soldier is afraid to wear her uniform in America. I just don't get the left. In fact I have to stop reading the comments at another site because it drives me so batty.

Posted by: mobius7 on March 27, 2003 06:31 PM

sorry to be the only one filling up your comments but since i didn't know your email i thought i'd just ask you. you seem knowledgeable. on other sites people keep going on and on about the "fact" that halliburton was getting all these contracts after the war. so far all i can find is articles speculating that they may and that they of course are building the camps because of their military contracts. any insights?

Posted by: mobius7 on March 28, 2003 04:38 PM

The email address is in the upper right corner of the blog. It is formatted that way (-at- and -dot-) to foil harvesting spambots.

I don't know much about Halliburton from a contractual point of view. Given that their primary business functions are oilfield equipment and logistics, it makes some sense that they would get contracts. Any American, British or other coalition country company which wants to bid on contracts will get to, it seems, but some have already been handed out for things which need to be done soon. I don't know to whom they have gone.

Halliburton is kind of a whipping boy for some people, because it is an oil exploration and equipment company, so the Naderites and their ideological allies tend to see Halliburton as evil. As far as I can tell, most people muttering about Halliburton getting contracts are either of that ilk, or are political opponents of George Bush, and see a chance to smear him over some kind of improper influence scandal, since Dick Cheney used to be CEO of Halliburton.

Posted by: Jeff on March 28, 2003 06:53 PM
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