We are the good guys

If you had any doubt, just watch the funeral procession for Ronald Reagan.

Our troops don't goosestep down Pennsylvania Avenue, they honor a true American President with a precise, yet simple transfer to a caisson.

Nor do we parade our missiles or tanks down the Washington Mall. You know, those little things you'd assume would be going on here in Empire America.

In addition, I have yet to find a mural or statue for any living President ala Saddam or any other crack-headed dictator.

Next time some putz calls Bush a Nazi or makes a crack about the death of Ronald Reagan, I think that person deserves a shot in the chops...repeatedly.

Letting Punches Fly

On my daily blogorounds, I’ve seen a lot of people talking about the civil war that will undoubtedly happen in Iraq. Oh well, I’ve got news for you – it was bound to happen, whether you want to believe that the war was handled exactly as it should have been, or if you’re an Iraqi revolutionary who has been waiting for Saddam to get the boot so you could take your message to the streets. Back in 2004, intelligence officials stated that a best-case scenario for Iraq involved a civil war, and that the worst case scenario involved massive attacks against our troops, as well as our enemies dropping bombs (read: nukes). Frankly, I don’t think any of us truly know what’s going on in the streets unless you happen to be deployed. Even then, unless you work in intelligence, scuttlebutt can be as deadly as an RPG.

When we decided to head over to Iraq, remove Saddam, and search for WMD, our military had this brilliant plan to preserve the infrastructure of Iraq in order to prevent undue spending when rebuilding the country. I think it was a great idea, and after seeing how the natives dealt with dust being trampled next to various mosques, I don’t think it could have been handled any other way. But the natives are who we’re really up against, and you have to remember that we’re deal with third world people who are still living in the days of the crusades. On top of that, many of them are Muslims, a culture, religion, and way of life that I still believe it incompatible with modern society as a whole. If you think the IRA was bad with their ventures to destroy the status quo, you have yet to meet a bitter Muslim.

This civil war was bound to happen, and letting the people who hate each other the most go toe-to-toe to duke it out is probably one of the best things to happen. If you don’t think there are generals who are cheering each other with bottles of ice-cold Miller, you’re stuck with your head in the sand. If you remember back to the good ol’ U.S. of A., we had our very own civil war due to pent-up aggression. The civil war went through and did an old-fashioned binge and purge of those who were holding back society as a whole, and also put it on paper as to where every person in this country stood. We sustained a massive loss of life, but it also cemented a sense of pride in every American who wanted to stand up for what this country really meant to them. Regardless of what side you were on, you believed in what you were fighting for. I can’t think of a better example of the law of unintended consequences that what is happening in Iraq; the militias will be creeping out from underneath their rocks, the natives will develop a sense of pride that they were too scared to unleash under Saddam, and that same pent-up aggression will finally relieve itself.

Does that mean I want to see a few months of hardcore violence? Hell no, that’s never a good thing. But in terms of reinforcing the top of the pressure cooker that is known as the Middle East, I say let it blow. We’ve been encouraging these people to man-up and handle problems on their own, and if that means we sit on the sidelines while they handle their own problems for once, then I say let the punches fly.