Having slept on it I have to admit that I’m not as happy with my appearance on The National last night as I was initially. In particular, I’m somewhat upset with myself for not having interrupted the Oak Park Conservative who tried to equate Iraq with World War II. As soon as the suggestion that Iraq should be considered similar to WWII escaped his lips I should have stood up and said, “You have GOT to be kidding me.” And then let loose on his stupid ass. Having sat passively while this moron spewed this favorite myth of the far right troubled me more than I expected as my dreams all night long were on how I should have responded to him. Over and over again my head played back that moment while I slept and each time my subconscious would tweak my soliloquy until it had it perfected.
The whole Iraq equals WWII bullshit is one of the more grating arguments in support of Bush’s little war that I’ve ever heard and it’s always a sore point with me whenever I hear it. Anne even knows how much it bugs me and she tensed up when she heard this moron spewing the same crap in anticipation of my coming outburst, and she would’ve been nothing but supportive if I had spoken up. She told me on the way home that she so wanted me to be able to counter that argument because it bugs the hell out of her as well.
Instead, I was polite and limited my protest to a shaking of my head that left my brain rattling so hard that I swear it must have been audible. I missed my opportunity to rightfully point out how idiotic that argument really is and show that not every American is so ignorant of his country’s history that he swallows the implications of an administration that is only too happy to allow such nonsense to pass as truth in a desperate attempt to justify a decision to go to war on completely false pretenses. I should have pointed out that there was no question as to the origin of the planes that attacked Pearl Harbor or what country was behind the attack whereas on 9/11 we were attacked by our own planes and not a single Iraqi was involved at all. I should have pointed out that Japan and Germany were a much graver and immediate threat to our future back then than Iraq could ever have hoped to be now or in the future. I should have pointed out that people lined up back then to volunteer to go fight that war whereas now the Army is worried that they’re going to see a significant drop in reenlistments as a result of the war in Iraq. I definitely should have pointed out that we didn’t throw the first punch in WWII and we did in Iraq. There was no question among the rest of the free world that our involvement was not only the right thing to do, but justified and warranted by the actions of the countries we went to war against whereas the greater majority of the world was opposed to our invasion of Iraq.
There is nothing at all similar between the Iraq War and World War II and trying to claim that there is should be considered a slap in the face to everyone who fought in WWII.
I was angry last night when I heard this same tired argument trotted out again and I’m even angrier about it this morning. Particularly with myself for not having the presence of mind to speak up and be rude at a time when it was most warranted. Certainly there were other comments last night that made me want to speak up, but none bothered me as much as this one. It’s a sorer spot than even I realized and I’m just sorry I wasn’t able to say what needed to be, and should have been, said.