Monday, January 20, 2003
Masochism 101So I actually watched the whole Washington
I couldn't quite figure out what they were for however; concrete proposals seemed just a tad bit scarce. Oh, I can guess: they're for higher taxes, socialized medicine, affirmative action, and unilateral surrender. But as to what to do to solve the Iraqi problem?
This guy has a clear idea of what he's doing out there:
"The government is going to do what they are going to do regardless," said Mike Smith, 22, a student who was one of hundreds of people to arrive in Washington in a caravan of 11 buses from Chicago. "But at least by coming we can try to make sure that people in other countries know that all Americans are not down with this war."I'm certain that dictators the world over are glad to know that. Other than that, who exactly does this guy think cares? I understand the mindset of protestors who think they can rally to convince their government to change policy. But what sort of person thinks that it's useful to send the message that he doesn't support his government? Does he think that the next time Al Qaeda attacks the U.S., that it will skip over his home in gratitude?
The San Francisco Gate did us a public service, wandering around the local rally, collecting quotes, so we can figure out what these people are thinking:
Whitman Donaldson, San FranciscoBoy, just think what it would show them if we hijacked airplanes and flew 'em into their office buildings.
Ann, BelgiumUh, because our democratically elected governments think it's a good idea? And what are you doing in this country, anyway, you cheese-eating surrender monkey-wannabe? I mean, Belgium? Come on.
Tony MagalettaIf a bus had wings, it would be an airplane. Tell you what, Tony. You don't have to use the oil if you don't want to.
Mike Gardner, Winters, CAFear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to the dark side."
Kim Massey, AptosThe "peace process?" She thinks wandering around holding dorky semi-grammatical signs is the "peace process?" Well, I guess Palestinians think blowing up buses and markets is part of the "peace process," so why not? Apparently the only thing that isn't part of the peace process is actual peace.
Jan Ogren, Rohnert Park, age 45Sure. If the kid has nuclear weapons and is guilty of genocide. In that case, exactly the same.
Koren Hoover, Mill ValleyHey, that "axis of evil" line is clever. Did you think that one up yourself?
Steve Nolan, Mill ValleyNot sure how that would work. It just doesn't quite seem as if books would do the Air Force quite as much good as bombs. Maybe we could give Saddam a paper cut with books, but that just doesn't seem sufficient.
Lucy Horwitz, Los AngelesMaybe you should unteach war, then. It seems to work for math, after all, at least in our public schools.
Michelle Mondot, Carlton, WAAll you need is love. Well, that and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Anne Evans, SonomaOur children should remain children of Iraq? What exactly do you teach? Not English, I hope.
Adam Titone, Sonoma CountyWell, no, they didn't realize that. All those pesky Gallup polls kept missing it. But now that you weighed in, Adam, I think that will get Don Rumsfeld straightened out.
Teresa, San RafaelIt isn't? Boy, aren't those Iraqi generals going to look foolish when they try to invade Kuwait next time. War isn't an option, guys.
Wendy Wood, Marin CountyWorldwide oppression, huh? If only we would stop oppressing those South Koreans, Germans, and the like -- that's where we have all our troops stationed, after all.
Darryl is from Canada and he's here because he doesn't think that it's right that we're being conned by the government, the media and the corporate powers that are fueling this greedy desire for blood, oil and profit.Yes. The greedy desire for blood. Blood, blood! I want blood! The "corporate powers" are planning to start a new marketing campaign for vampires, I guess.
Tamiko BlakeOr a traffic jam, anyway.
It's sort of sad to mock these people, actually. They're just all so clueless. It's as if they think that reciting Hallmark card slogans is actually a foreign policy. Note that none of them seem to actually care what happens to the people in Iraq, although they all fancy that they do. They just want "peace" more.
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