WE AFFORD THE RIGHT TO
THE 2000 DEAD IN IRAQ?
Cliff McKenzie, Editor
ZERO PLUS 1505 DAY--New York, NY, Wednesday,
October 26, 2005--There
are those who revel in using the dead in a vainglorious effort
to heap dishonor and disgrace on a nation of children born with
the battle ax of freedom clenched in their teeth.
Such is the case today,
as anti-war, anti-Bush demonstrators cry out to end the "unjust
war" in Iraq, and shout their vehemence atop the 2000 body
bags of those Americans who, voluntarily, have succeeded in
planting the seeds of freedom in a nation formerly ruled by
dictoratorship, terrorism and the suppression of any freedom
in conflict with the man who ruled the land via torture chambers
and indiscriminate killing of thousands of Kurds with chemical
agents who sought to protest his ruler ship.
of Saddam Hussein has been replaced with the "evil"
of President Bush and his Administration for launching a "false
war" based on "false information" about weapons
of mass destruction. The cry today is to end the war. The premise
for ending it is that it is an "unjust" and "illegal"
war, orchestrated by a cowboy President and his vindictive,
power-hungry staff who sought to make Halliburton's coffers
just a little richer than they already were.
What if, all the things
such protestors claim are the core of evil in our government
were true? What if the war was launched on false foundations,
and the government did indeed "dupe" the people of
America into invading Iraq?
Would such an "illegal"
reason for losing 2000 American lives justify the dishonor of
the dead American troops who willingly, voluntarily and proudly
gave their lives to free 25 million people from the grip of
There are those who believe
America's primary purpose in the global theater of humanity
is to provide the bloodshed necessary to seed the fruits of
Even if this primary
purpose is executed in violation of "legal" foundations,
such supporters of creating freedom out of tyrannical chaos
trumps the rules of the box.
Acting outside the box,
when there is a super ordinate reason to do so, creates a moral
law greater than any judicial law that exists.
Take it from the viewpoint
of one of the 2000 dead Americans whose bodies are being used
today as battering rams to knock down the castle doors of the
Bush Administration, and crumble the validity of the war in
If the dead could talk,
they would tell the protestors that their bodies do not belong
to those who are not willing to die for their beliefs. They
would call the protestors who claim their deaths were unjust
cowards, sniveling yellowbellies who, in the safety and security
of the First Amendment, under the blanket of the Bill of Rights,
have been given the gift of freedom without paying its price,
and therefore have no understanding of the bloodshed spilled
by hundreds of thousands of Americans to allow that protestor
to scream and rant and berate and otherwise denigrate the core
principles of Americanism.
One of those core principles
is the right of any and all Americans to join the military with
the full knowledge that he or she or they may end up dying for
the freedom of others in some distant land where people may
speak strange languages, eat strange foods, and by most standards,
be considered "uncivilized" in relation to his, her
or their contemporary views.
Protestors forget the
2000 people who have died, volunteered to die for the rights
of others freedom.
The American Primary
Purpose, the backbone of our nation, is about our willingness
to die for others' rights to freedom, even if those we fight
for chose ultimately not to accept it.
This is no new concept.
Americans back in the
Revolutionary War fought for the rights of others who didn't
want to fight--all from different lands with different political,
social, moral, ethical, religious beliefs. That was America's
first "illegal" but morally just war, for it violated
the idea of people being slaves under the ruler ship of one,
and sought to become "one out of many."
World War I, World War
II, the Korean conflict, and, despite the "loss" of
the Vietnam War, each was an extension of America's Primary
Purpose--to spill the blood of its youth on the fields of tyranny
and oppression, in hopes the seeds of democracy would one day
sprout and flourish.
If America's democracy
is valid, then what makes it validity monumental is the eagerness
and willingness of its citizens to not shirk the duty and obligation
to protect and defend the right of every child throughout the
world to grow up in a world free from tyranny and oppression,
and, further, to have the opportunity to rise up beyond his
or her own expectations.
The legions of Americans
who have "invaded" other lands such as Europe, South
Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Somali, Grenada, San Juan Hill underscore
that America's power as the world's model of democracy does
not shirk the duty to die for others, regardless of the "legal"
foundation that might try and stymie that purpose.
True anti-war advocates
wish not that troops come home from combat, but that combat
never be the court of resort to protect the weak and helpless
from the usurping of their fundamental rights. A true anti-war
proponent does not protest any particular war, or accuse any
one individual, but waves his or her hand over all all wars,
and the sources of those wars--the selfishness of those who
seek to dominate others by force--as the true target of their
Such protestors do not
climb atop the decaying bodies of the brave and courageous,
those who volunteer to fight for freedom anywhere at any time,
as the dais of their discontent.
Yet, today, the cannibalistic
nature of many protestors--including the media--is to eat our
There are those who wave
the bones of the dead before the faces of the world and cry
out that these lives were "wasted," and "illegally"
taken by leaders with immoral agendas.
How far from the truth
do these voices ring.
I fought in Vietnam for
the elusive belief that if I died, I would die in hopes that
one day, the citizens of Vietnam would enjoy the same freedom
I had been gifted by birth. Sadly, the Vietnamese had to earn
their freedom by blood.
America's pullout from
Vietnam was the result of a public that refused to accept the
American Primary Purpose--the willingness of our nation to sacrifice
the lives of our youth to the benefit of other youth living
under the cloud of tyranny.
But Vietnam was only
one loss versus countless victories.
The deaths of our troops
in World Wars I and II were justified in terms of today's freedom
for those nations.
Those who rip and tear
at the body parts of the 2000 dead in Iraq would like to blind
Americans that each drop of blood spilled in Iraq has evolved
into a ratified Constitution, supported by the vast majority
of a nation that was, prior to our "invasion," living
under the daily threat of terror if they crossed the whim and
will of a single man, Saddam Hussein, or his sons, known for
their rapacious appetites for rape, torture and other forms
of indiscriminate violence against their own citizens.
Americans also forget
that the greatest Weapon of Mass Destruction is Tyranny, not
nuclear bombs, or poison gases, or virulent diseases bred in
labs and unleashed on unsuspecting populations.
Part of Tyranny's chemistry
is Complacency--the hope and, often well-founded belief by the
tyrants of humanity--that no other nation would "dare"
to unseat them from power because they have "sovereign
rights to terrorize" their people. Those who starve in
North Korea and boil grass to feed their children while their
leader builds nuclear might and sells drugs to finance a lavish
personal life style, would welcome an "invader" who
came to free and not conquer.
This later point is also
overlooked by the protestors who tear at the flesh of the 2000
dead in an attempt to desecrate the American Primary Purpose.
America does not conquer.
If there were to be a
great criticism of American intervention policy, it is that
it walks away from the lands it frees from tyranny without any
strings attached. When America pulls out of Iraq, it will not
build encampments to keep order. It will let the nation become
whatever its people desire it to become, just as America left
Europe to evolve into a group of nations who, collectively,
are anti-American in nature.
The freedom they acquired
at the expense of American blood includes their right to snub
America, lambaste it, and deny it support of its Primary Purpose
by sending its full support to free the less fortunate from
America is being accused
of unilateral in Iraq, that it denied the world's opinion and
consensus by launching the war in Iraq without the full support
of the United Nations.
But, there is a mandate
in America that runs far deeper and richer than whatever charters
the United Nation. That mandate is the right and duty of Americans
to fight for the rights of children around the world to live
in a world free from oppression.
Sadly, not all the needs
of the world can be met.
But Iraq's was.
The price of freeing
a nation of 25 million to carve out its own destiny has been
2,000, about one tenth of all the Americans killed annually
by drunk drivers.
Statistically, each American
death in Iraq has resulted in the freedom of 12,500 Iraqis,
half of which are under the age of 15.
What greater pride is
there for an American volunteer military person than to give
his or her life to free others? When that freedom goes to 12,500
others, pride and honor should be the rally around the graves
of the dead, not protestation and denigration of their acts.
Further, it is important
to note that when a protestor rails on President Bush or his
Administration, accusing him of engaging in an illegal and criminalized
greedy war, the insult and indignity spears into the body bags
of the 2000.
When I returned from
Vietnam, people spat in my face. They spat because I represented
not the liberation of people living in tyranny, but the ugliness
of a political consortium that makes it easy for one to castigate
for no other reason than to express the freedom of dissent.
The protestations today
around the 2000 body bags is an example of spitting on the dead,
as well as the tens of thousands of living who are confused
as to why Americans refuse to rally in support of the great
triumph in Iraq--the consequence of freedom as a result of the
Before the nearly 300
million Americans' eyes has cropped a Constitution, and a majority
vote by Iraqis to lay the foundations for eternal freedom for
America did the same.
It took a decade after its revolution to strike a document the
world knows now as a "model of democracy." That model
incorporates the "right of dissent" to ignore and
debased America's Primary Purpose.
What few, if any, American
protestors realize is that in Iraq, there are people kneeling
in prayer over the blood of the 2000, thanking them with all
their hearts and souls for the steps to freedom that each of
those lives represents to their children and grandchildren.
But, here at home, there
is a pall over our nation today, created by the media and protestors,
who claim the waste of 2000 American lives.
How sad that is for our
children and children's children's children who, over time,
may forget the price of freedom is giving one's life for another's
So, the question is:
Can we afford to dishonor the 2000 dead in Iraq by protesting
their deaths as a violation of our nation's Primary Purpose?
I think not.
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