Monday, March 22, 2004

Instapundit.com: Here are some links to photos from Saturday's anti-war protests. I'm sort of confused by protests against a war that already happened, but these pictures are worth a look, just to see the lunacy common among these people.
I think my favorites are the ones that equate Israel with the Nazis.

I want to comment, however, on the posters that say things like "no war on anybody." I have a special place in my heart for the people who hold these signs. I also have a few special places I want to send them: North Korea, China, Syria, Iran, etc. I just don't understand the motivations of these people. They live in the most free, most prosperous nation in the history of the world. They have the freedom from fear. Their government does not hound them, does not randomly torture and execute dissenters, does not prosecute aggressive wars out of a desire for gain of territory or natural resources. Their way of life, however, is under seige by evil forces around the world. People who cannot spread their ideas by legitimate means are doing so through slaughter of innocents, and an advancing tide of terror. Make no mistake, it is why Spain is pulling out of Iraq: terrorism succeeded.

These protesters don't see it. They don't believe that there is evil in the world; or, perhaps even worse, they believe that evil can be defeated with love. It's a nice thought, and it's a shame it doesn't work. If we just sit back and do nothing, our world will be overrun, without question. I'd like to put these protesters into these countries so that they can really see what we're fighting against. Wait until you live under Kim Jong Il and try to compare him to Hitler, or tell him not to threaten war with other countries. See what happens then.

War is terrible. ALL war is terrible. It should be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, in order to make the world a safer, freer place for everyone, sometimes you have to battle evil. Saddam would not behave reasonably. Kim Jong Il will not. Syria and Iran have responded well, and likely as a result of the war in Iraq. I'll conclude with a quote by Ronald the Ray-gun (Reagan): "Freedom is not something to be secured in any one moment of time. We must struggle to preserve it every day. And freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." Think about that the next time you exercise your freedom of speech to condemn the very people who are acting to protect it.

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