"Yes, I am against war! I want my wife to be veiled
and suppressed, fuck you America! Hail the tyrant! Where can I sent my donation
for terror pilots?"
Is this, what you believe? Do you believe, the
decision of anyone who is against war is taken lightly? Irony or no, I do see
the point of your mail.
If anyone convinced me that a war on Iraq, which
will, by the way, kill these "women in veil chains and their children in
ignorant obedience", as well as those who keep the there, can achieve anything,
I would agree that it might be necessary - although I still would consider it a
great evil. But I don't think it will achieve anything. What will happen after
you have won this war, I may kindly ask. Just ask. We see what happed in
Afghanistan :One city which is relatively free, the rest of the country still
totally out of control. And the war on Saddam will be much more difficult the
situation being much more complex.
Your comparison to the liberation of Paris is
utterly misleading: The people there wanted to be liberated. They could be
trusted to install a democratic & fair Government after they had been
liberated. They did not eventually hate their liberators.
And even on ironic terms: I don't see the joke in
saying we should refrain from doing America "any great favor". Sending
soldiers into death just because of a favor. What a ridiculous
The lady in the harbor glistens alright. And yes,
your country is more free than Saddam's. And so is mine. This is no
big deal. And still the lady should be a reminder for both our countries
that we could do a lot better in dealing with people criticizing our way of
life; not by throwing bombs at us but by the using those peaceful means that the
idea of liberty makes possible. (No, I have not forgotten the way the American
Government treated socialist during the time of the first World war,
virtually mocking every principle that America was claming to be fighting for.
Has this attitude improved?).
I do not want to be generalizing here. This is not
a matter of living in Europe or America. This is my personal Opinion versus
Kate's. Being apposed to war or being in favor of
it is a personal decision based on moral values or convictions. There is no
In the 70th , Paul Fussel stated that "Every
war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically
disproportionate to its resumed ends." As long as you cant convince me
otherwise, stop talking of "lack of oil reserves" or "lack of character
As I said before, maye I am simply missing the
irony or the point of Kate's mail. If this is so, just for me, being the stupid
European that I am (soory to all my intelligent fellow Europeans ;-) ), could it
be made more clear?