I am sick to death of the argument between doves and hawks over Iraq.
We are an Empire. We are Imperialists. Not only do I not argue this, I am personally glad we are. Democracy is good, it works, and those who may be unready for it still need our help to win it. More is better.
Yes, war kills people. But war is not only a necessary evil, it is an art. A very difficult art that must be pursued with the greatest caution, with respect not only for the lives of those involved but also for their profession. The professionals are called warriors: they do their job at our behest and many take great pride in being the best. They return to war when their wounds have healed, because, well, that is what they do.
Don't get me wrong. My heart absolutely aches for those accidental "warriors" and their families. They did not know that they could possibly go to war? That they could possibly die? How did it happen that we have raised a huge lot of people who do not know that soldiers go to war? My prayers are with them, since their mistake is very likely to be not only fatal, but unutterably tragic. What could be more tragic than an accidental soldier's grieving spouse and children?
To the warriors, the real ones, and their families: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. There are not thanks enough.
I believe in what you are doing, and I am glad you are fighting the tyranny of theocratic terrorism. Fanatical Islamicists have no business running nations and ruining the lives of millions of innocents. Murderous despots should be brought down, and Free World Imperialists should bring them down.
None of our business? Nonsense! If democracy isn't our business, it should be. Our wealth should be shared, not hoarded. Democracy, Freedom, Prosperity. We have them in abundance. It is our obligation to share them.
Imperialism? If so, then I am proud of it. Period.
Update: Damn! You've got to go here. More than enough said!