No one is free while others are oppressed. A bumper sticker I saw on the way back from dinner just now. A nice sentiment, pretty innocuous on its own - but it was followed by three other stickers:

Peace is Patriotic

War is not Theater

No attack on iraq

Individually, I have no problem with any of these stickers. I supported the attack on Iraq, but there were plenty of compelling reasons not to go, or not to do it the way we did. Peace can perfectly well be Patriotic, and War really isn't theater, as much as CNN and FOX might hope it would be. I'm confused, however, at how the person driving this car ever expects to be free, if freeing the people of Iraq is not to be accomplished through warfare. Praying real hard? Ninjas? Maybe if everyone had smallpox there'd be no more hate. I don't know. But I do know that there are plenty of oppressed people out there, and while they may have peaceful methods of freeing themselves, we don't have many tools at our disposal other than warfare to free foreign peoples.

Maybe they thought these people were already free, and that now we're oppressing them, but I hope they aren't that dumb. Maybe they don't want to be free, so oppression is quality stuff to them. I don't know. But I find it entertaining nonetheless.



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