I'll admit it, I'm strange. My mood swings like a pendulum between being happy and sad, but these days, in these times, all I can feel is sad. Sad for the loss of life that is happening half a world away. The Iraqis are playing dirty, which is more akin to fighting a guerilla group than a nation. It's hard for the average citizen to understand why we are at war. I didn't understand it at the beginning, and I had my doubts about it. Michael Moore said it very well at the Oscars: "We like nonfiction and we live in fictitious times. We live in a time where we have fictitious election results, elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons." I applaud Moore for speaking his mind at the Oscars, and shake my head at those who stopped him from speaking. America's always been about freedom, and stopping him was a disservice to the men who are fighting for their lives. I wonder sometimes about the soldiers over there -- do they believe in the causes they are fighting for or are they merely following orders?
I think somewhere, we're still fighting for peace of mind, for safety that doesn't exist. 9-11 opened our eyes to the world that exists -- a dangerous world, filled with overzealous maniacs who would sacrifice their lives to destroy our lives. And in ways too numerous to count, they have destroyed us -- our life style today is very different from the world we lived in a mere two years ago. Those soldiers are out there fighting to make the world a safer placer. I support the soldiers out there, but I don't support our war. Our war seeks to destroy a government and their ideals. The saddest part is that we've put a face to it, thereby creating the false impression that such a thing can be destroyed. Even if the public face is destroyed, we haven't even touched upon the root causes why they do what they do. It's not enough that we kill him, we have to understand why they believe what they believe in, and undermine that, and the war, devastating the people of Iraq, isn't making any friends.
We're always touting the intelligence of the human species... but why then are we resorting to behaving like we're still cavemen, with violence as the only solution?