There is one line of rhetoric that is really infuriating me. It is a line I have heard many times from the anti-war crowd. It is the phrase "(Insert hated adversary here, ususally but not limited to Bush) is sending troops to die in Iraq to die for (Insert evil intention, usually but not limited to oil).
I shall shelve any debate of personal beliefs over why the war is being fought and whether or not they are just. There is one phrase alone I want to single out:
"sending troops to die"
There is one thing the anti-war crowd needs to get crystal clear: WE ARE NOT SENDING TROOPS TO DIE.
That is correct. They are not being sent to die. They are being sent to fight. That is why they have M-16s, tanks, and air support. It looks to me like they came to win. Death for troopers is a possibility. This is an unfortunate but unavoidable aspect of warfare and no degree of tactics or technology can prevent it. But it is not the intent.
There is one side, though, that sends it's soldiers to die: the Al-Qaida. Suicide bombers attack with orders to die.
U.S. troops attack with orders to win.
So stop the pointless rhetoric. There are plenty of LEGITIMATE beefs to be found with the war on terror. Go find some.
Note to moderate anti-war protestors: If you find this rhetoric as full of rubbish as I do than this message is not directed at you so don't take offense. This is not directed at the anti-war community in general, it is directed at those who feel such pointless ranting okay.