I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on right wing and left wing blogs. It seems my fellow lefties have been accused of being in bed with Islamists, of being communists, anarchists, and pacifists.
Have a look at anti-war protests. Pacifists are there because they oppose all forms of war. Many members of the mainstream left are there because they oppose this war. They oppose going to war for a lie: that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. They think Saddam is an evil son of a bitch, they think he should have been finished off in the first gulf war.
Most of the lefties I know supported the war in Afghanistan and most of those who didn’t were ignorant of the atrocities of the Taliban. A message to the right, leftism does not equal pacifism.
Neo-cons might ask, how else would you have gotten rid of Saddam? Easy: peaceful conflict. This alternative form of conflict was used to oust Slobodan Milosevic. Massive amounts of mainly US money was funnelled in into Serbia to support the opposition to Milosevic. Organisations such as Freedom House and National Endowment for Democracy are behind this funding. Some people have been critical of the actions of these organisations but at least they bring down evil dictators without killing people.
This may seem like a rant against the right but I’m afraid it is the turn for the left to cop some. Most people on the left including me are against America’s policy of pre-emption. They are concerned that after Iraq the US will jump into another conflict that they are not ready for. Radical Islamic terrorists are concerned about the same things.
I’ve heard it said that if the Americans are forced to stay in Iraq by a continuing insurgency they will not turn their weapons against Iran or some other country. Just think about who would suffer if the insurgency continued: the people of Iraq. And if the insurgency was victorious, whom do you think would step in then? We would end up with another Taliban or Iran. Do we want this for the future of Iraq?
Unfortunately in Iraq, we are in for the long haul. This conflict has increased tensions between Islamic nations and the west, it has inflamed terrorism and it has given young Muslims a reason to sign up. Just how can the people of Iraq be convinced that democracy is the right way since the word is now synonymous with death and destruction? This is exactly what the left was concerned about. But now that America is in Iraq we need to support measures that will enable them to get back out. At the same time we need the people of Iraq to feel safe and free.
The right needs to stop picking on organisations and people who are trying to help. An example of this is Andrew Bolt?s column, picking on the Red Cross and Amnesty International. Andrew Bolt obviously knows fuck all about Amnesty. They are about stopping the unfair treatment of ALL people.
Another person responsible for the demonising of the left is Mike Jericho. His favourite thing is to equate leftists with radical Islamists.
“This is just another example of your side of politics displaying open solidarity with Islamists – Mike Jericho”
What a ridiculous thing to say. I think that terrorists are the worst scum on earth. I just think it should be proven that they are in fact terrorists before they are put in front of the firing squad. But Mike, you agree.
“… By all means they should have a fair trial. Then, if found guilty, they should be executed. – Mike Jericho”
Most of the mainstream right and left share the same ideals. The difference is what method (and methods of punishment) is best to attain those ideals. The left is not about giving comfort to terrorists so fucking lay off!