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Friday, August 20, 2004

You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury..

According this article from SI (h/t The Corner), the Iraqi soccer team is complaining about the U.S. being glad about the fact that they are liberated and not tortured by Uday anymore.

Quote from the article:

members of the Iraqi Olympic delegation say they are glad that former Olympic committee head Uday Hussein, who was responsible for the serial torture of Iraqi athletes and was killed four months after the U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq in March 2003, is no longer in power.

But they also find it offensive that Bush is using Iraq for his own gain when they do not support his administration's actions. "My problems are not with the American people," says Iraqi soccer coach Adnan Hamad. "They are with what America has done in Iraq: destroy everything. The American army has killed so many people in Iraq. What is freedom when I go to the [national] stadium and there are shootings on the road?"

News flash, guys. There isn't a way to have the benefits of a dictatorship-free Iraq without some violence. If you want an omlet, you have to break some eggs. Like anything, you have to weigh the costs (Iraqi and coalition lives lost, property damage) against the benefits (one less crazy dictator tourturing his citizens, threatening and invading his neighbors, amassing weapons of mass destruction, and providing a safe haven for terrorists). I think those benefits were worth the cost, although some don't. But don't be greatful for the benefits and bitch about the costs, because you can't have it both ways.

And then there is this money quote:

"I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?" Manajid says. "Everyone [in Fallujah] has been labeled a terrorist. These are all lies. Fallujah people are some of the best people in Iraq.".

Right. Because you know that the when the U.S. is fighting, we make sure to first take out the civilian contractors who are guarding food deliveries, and we make sure to gut them, set them on fire, and string them from a bridge, because that's a good way to win a battle. And that's what nice people do.

BTW, the title is a reference to A Few Good Men.


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