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RE: Insurgents claim to have captured US soldier
Botnst - 2/6/2005 7:11 PM
I think what appeals to me the most is that I know it will irritate the shit out of some people. People who make emotional appeals on their side of the issue are probably especially susceptible to emotionality.
Though I am unswayed by sentimental arguments, do I like the sentimentality of it. I like that it celebrates feeling good and proud of our military, a feeling in my own case for which I will never apologize.
What is it exactly that you don't like about it?
Do you think it is wrong for people to see our soldiers through a sentimental eye?
Should we not see pictures of our soldiers in warm relations with ordinary Iraqis?
Is it all a lie? How do you know what the lie is?
You deny your own emotions. The reason you have a psychological need to see our soldiers making happy with the Iraqis is to assuage your guilt over the tens of thousands of innocent women and children they killed.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address