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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Quote of the Day: Genocide in Iraq

Jonah Goldberg writes today about the possibility that an American withdrawal might cause genocide in Iraq. In the midst of his column, he notes that the political left has changed its tone about American intervention to stop such atrocities:
Liberals used to be the ones who argued that sending U.S. troops abroad was a small price to pay to stop genocide; now they argue that genocide is a small price to pay to bring U.S. troops home.
And really, the change in tone strikes me as a result of Bush Derangement Syndrome -- the idea that whatever Bush defends, we will oppose, regardless of the merits.

4 Comments:

  • At 7/25/2007 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I haven't heard a single "liberal" say that bringing the troops home is an acceptable price to pay for genocide. The argument for withdrawal I've heard most, sometimes from people with familiarity with the region, says that whatever will happen in Iraq will happen regardless of whether our troops are there, so why waste additional American lives?

    The subject of what will happen to Iraqi civil society (what's left of it) if the troops are withdrawn is a matter of much debate and little agreement.

     
  • At 7/25/2007 6:13 PM, Blogger : JustaDog said…

    After Iraq elected to have a constitution based on Sharia Law as the supreme law, I've been for our troops to withdrawal - they should not be risking their lives for a Muslim state.

    As far as any "genocide"? Heck, Muslims killing Muslims - sort of like gang members in Los Angeles killing other gang members. What's wrong with that?

     
  • At 7/26/2007 10:14 AM, Blogger Ken said…

    I haven't heard a single "liberal" say that bringing the troops home is an acceptable price to pay for genocide.

    From the Associated Press, as quoted on Barack Obama's campaign website:
    Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.

     
  • At 7/28/2007 10:32 PM, Blogger terrance said…

    Interesting the argument that "whatever will happen in Iraq will happen regardless of whether our troops are there".

    If it isn't happening now (when the troops are there) and starts to happen after they leave, might there not be a one to one correlation between our troops being there and genocide not happening?

    I guess if it costs very little, like in Bosnia and maybe Darfur, we can comfortably be against genocide. But, if it costs more than 75 US lives a month, who cares about hundreds of thousands of foreigners dying. I mean why should our lives be upset by other people's problems?

     

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