Thursday, April 01, 2004

OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan: "The convoys carried food. They carried it to Fallujah."

This is all that needs to be said. I know I flew off the handle a bit yesterday in reaction to the horiffic news out of Fallujah, and I apologize to anyone I disturbed. What happened yesterday simply reminded me too much of the way I felt two and a half years ago. Frustrated, hurt, angry, violated, confused, the list goes on. It's a visceral thing, not a logical one. I'll never understand evil.

UPDATE: Matt Robinson of Sometime Blues commented that I sounded a lot like Bartlett in the West Wing. It wasn't intentional, though that is often on my mind when I think about things like what happened yesterday. For those of you who may not know the quote he was referring to, here it is:

Bartlet: Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation. He could walk across the earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words Civis Romanis: I am a Roman citizen. So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any harm befall even one of its citizens. Where was Morris' protection, or anyone else on that plane? Where is the retribution for the families and where is the warning to the rest of the world that Americans shall walk this earth unharmed, lest the clenched fist of the most mighty military force in the history of mankind comes crashing down on your house?! In otherwords, Leo, what the hell are we doing here?
Leo: We are behaving the way a superpower ought to behave.
Bartlet: Well our behavior has produced some pretty crappy results. In fact, I'm not a hundred percent sure it hasn't induced them.
Leo: What are you talking about?
Bartlet: I'm talking about two hundred and eighty-six American marines in Beirut, I'm talking about Somalia, I'm talking about Nairobi.
Leo: And you think ratcheting up the body count is going to act as a deterrent?
Bartlet: You're damn right.
Leo then comes back and smacks him down pretty soundly for wanting to conquer the world. Still, I think this logic makes sense. We can make it clear that if you mess with the US, you will suffer inordinate amounts of pain. And we don't need to conquer the world to do it.

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