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danieldrezner.com :: Daniel W. Drezner :: Why James Lileks is flat-out wrong
After reading through the F-you fest, and wading through some comments it came to me...
For some... the U.S. military is a phallic symbol. A sign of our verility and manliness. Lileks makes the remark that Salam Pax and his Iraqis country-mates did have "the stones" to liberate themselves, so we had to do it for them.
.... thought process?
How can a guy typing away on a keyboard in the comfort of his home have the temerity to criticise the inaction of someone that actually lived under a repressive regime?
Truely a marvel. You first have to assume that you would have acted where Iraqis did not. You then have to assume you can claim such bravery because we used our overwhelming military force to do what Iraqis did not. You have to assume that other people dying for a cause you support somehow gives you the right to act indignant. You then have to ignore ALL historical responsibility we might have shared in creating or maintaining the regime in Baghdad.
I sorta feel the same way about this as I do when I see the massive display of OU stickers and flags around Tulsa when OU is winning. I wonder why we feel like we can share credit for the actions of others when they are succesful or strong? The credit belongs with the people that actually accomplished something. Showing up after the fact with a flag in hand doesn't mean jack.
Real support means showing up when people need you, not just when they're winning. It also means following through and doing right by people when your throw their country into anarchy. If that means letting other people share in the credit then...
But that would mean castration. A blow to our prowess. And for the cheerleaders of this war, a fate worse than terrorism.
(This post inspired by an overflowing inbox... and Burmese Days)
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