Thoughts of an American Centrist

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Chicken Hawks

A special "Thank you" to Donklephant for debunking the argument that only active military personel have the the right to support a war. Read the post!
Every blogging supporter of the U.S. military in Iraq seems to be getting a similar pack of comments and e-mails recently. In effect they say, in tones of supreme snarkiness, “You support the war, so why don’t you go over there and fight it, or else shut up?”

The essence of it is, “People who advocate for some exercise of government power have no legitimacy unless those people endure the greatest burden of that exercise of power.”

So by that measure only property owners can approve school budgets based on real estate taxes, if you defend free speech you should become a porn star, and only firefighters can pull fire alarms.

Very succinct. Thank you.


  • Donklephant misses the point. The point is this: those Republicans who are so vocal in their support for the war seem to be the ones most reluctant to put their money where their mouths are.

    I'm reminded of Republicans like Dan Quayle who supported the Vietnam War but nevertheless did all they could to avoid fighting it.

    The point is that people who cheer on the war from the safety of their homes (the 101st Fighting Keyboardists, as they're called) are simply hypocrites. During World War II, lots of young men from Ivy League schools volunteered to serve their country and enlisted. This is something that today's right-wing superpatriots seem reluctant to do.

    By Blogger The Truffle, at 11:32 PM  

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    By Blogger The Truffle, at 11:32 PM  

  • The argument, however, is not limited to draft dodgers, but to all those who support and urge the war. Surely you can agree that not everyone who supports a war should enlist out of principle?

    What of those who, for whatever reason, stayed home during World War II? Should the aging parents of the soldiers not have a right to support the war? How about the wives of those soldiers who were forbidden from field action? The disabled? Should we offer discouragement simply because we are not there? That's not the way a strong community works.

    By Blogger Jonathan C, at 9:55 AM  

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