For months now the anti-war crowd has attempted to bend over backwards to avoid the appearance of being against the U.S. soldiers themselves. They believe that the troops are dying or getting injured in vain for an immoral imperialistic cause and occaisionally accuse them of committing autrocities, yet they attempt to shield themselves from the moral consequences of speaking out against men and women who volunteered to put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms by qualifying their protests with bare assertions of their support for the troops.
And how do they get around the logic of “supporting” troops who they accuse of killing innocent Iraqis? Simple, they are victims themselves: young, ignorant, innocent, dupes who bought into Bush’s lies.
The problem with taking such positions of convenience is that they are hard to sustain. It’s much easier to say what you truly believe, rather than relying on logical gymnastics to create the perception that you believe in something else. Eventually the logic collapses under the wieght of contrary conduct.
So when the protesters gathered this week at a veterans hospital and began harrassing the “victims” of Bush’s lies, and the families of those victims, who surely must also be victims themselves, all the while acknowledging that they would be causing further grief to these injured soldiers and their families, it wasn’t surprising in the least. The first thing that came to my mind was “what took them so long?” (H/T Michelle Malkin)