Floyd reads the San Jose Mercury News letters page
and his blood pressure shoots up, part CLXXVII:
RECENT attempts to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq by invoking photographs of jubilant liberated Iraqi citizens miss the point.
Few ever claimed that Saddam Hussein was not a terrible despot or that most Iraqis would not be better off without him. The primary argument is over whether our nation should be the world's self-appointed police, judge and jury.
Another false argument is that it is inconsistent for Americans who feel rage, fear and contempt for our administration to also respect, pray for, and wish our fine troops a safe and quick victory. Our armed services are doing their duty and doing it bravely and well and are not responsible for the decisions of politicians. Even in the time of Caligula, the Romans honored their legions, and we in our time of Bush II should honor our servicemen and women. But we don't have to honor Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft.
Hey you liberated brats: You think it's about you, but it's not. It's about whether the judge was biased and whether the jury was fairly selected. We got some new jurors from Paris and Moscow and Damascus, and here's the new verdict: Get back in those childrens' prisons. And get over yourselves!