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Humanitarianism = Treason?

October 15th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Just when I think I’m not interested enough in any of today’s news stories to get a political blog entry done, the good old Tea Party Nation sends me another absurd e-mail by Judson Philips, this one titled “Treason”:

The word treason gets thrown around a lot, but this is one instance where I cannot think of any other word to describe what happened.

2004 was one of the bloodiest years in Iraq. In late 2004, the battle of Fallujah raged. The United States would suffer some of the heaviest casualties of the Iraq war during this time.

The America hating group "Code Pink" wanted to establish a "peace camp" at Fallujah. The US military rejected their request for assistance to get to Fallujah and assistance while they were there. The military had legitimate concerns about the $600,000 in cash and goods that were going to be distributed. The military legitimately feared that some of this support would go to insurgents who were killing American marines.

I couldn’t find anything on the Code Pink website about hating America, but I’ll take Mr. Philips’s word for it.

Other than that, there’s nothing to object to so far. The military did reject the $600,000 worth of goods that this group was going to distribute to Iraqis in need, because God forbid any of this money winds up in the hands of the terrorists. The innocent Iraqis would just have to suffer in order to prevent even the possibility of helping the guilty ones.

Enter Barbara Boxer and Henry Waxman. They each wrote letters to the American Embassy in Jordan asking that the Embassy assist Code Pink in its Iraqi adventure. Code Pink went to Iraq in 2004, decrying the war as "killing Iraqi children." While American soldiers were fighting to liberate Iraq, these people, with Boxer and Waxman, knowingly aiding and abetting them, gave aid and comfort to the enemy.

First of all, don’t you love the snarky way Mr. Philips addresses the point about “killing Iraqi children”? Hah! What a bunch of liberal pansies Code Pink must be, to point out that our pointless invasion of Iraq resulted in the deaths of tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of children. How unpatriotic of them. We’re not supposed to talk about the dead children. Acknowledging the most horrific result of war gives “aid and comfort to the enemy”.

Second of all, if offering humanitarian assistance is “giving aid and comfort to the enemy”—the legal definition of treason—then there are a whole lot of traitors in this country. Anyone who donates any money to an organization that provides food or medical assistance to a Muslim country in which our troops are engaged is guilty of treason. They should all be hanged, according to the ever-so-wise Judson Philips.

Of course Boxer and Waxman do not care. Patriotism for them is a joke. They do not love this country, nor do they care for those who do. The members of Code Pink who went to Iraq in 2004 are traitors and should be tried for treason. The Bush administration did nothing to those who helped the insurgents who killed Americans. Perhaps our next President will have the intestinal fortitude to do something about this. After all, there is no statute of limitations on treason.

Obviously, people like Boxer and Waxman pushed for humanitarian assistance because they hate America and they hate patriotic Americans. Genuine human compassion for the victims of the war couldn’t possibly have factored into their decision-making process at all. They simply calculated that every hungry Iraqi mouth fed and every wounded Iraqi child healed would be a slap in the face to patriotic Americans. After all, it’s a zero-sum game, isn’t it? The better off the Iraqis, the worse off the Americans. True patriots want to make life as horrible as possible for Iraqis so that Americans can reap the benefits.

Go fuck yourself, Judson. If you really believe that doing any good by the Iraqi people whatsoever is tantamount to treason, there’s just no hope for you. Never mind that we’re now in a counter-insurgency strategy which means the only way to win is to win the hearts and minds of the people. Apparently anyone who tries to win hearts and minds is a traitor to America. When should we schedule the trial for David Petraeus?

We do agree on one thing, Judson—the first line of your article: “The word treason gets thrown around a lot.” Yeah…by you, asshole.  So why don’t you stop?

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