January 24, 2006

Pity the Fool

Mamamontezz sent me this link with the admonition that "it would get my blood going".

I have to admit that my first reaction was one of anger; I thought I was going to be reading another hate-filled anti-soldier diatribe such as the owner of HateThe Tooops.com regularly spews out. But in really reading the piece, I found myself more in a mood of pity and envy. Pity that Mr. Stein can be so divorced from the cruel realities of the world we live in, and envy that he has had such an easy life that he can maintain that position.

He doesn't even have the passion of the HBS kool-aid drinkers, when he regurgitates the lies they promulgate. Must be awful dull to be so smug in your rightousness. I find I can't get angry at Mr. Stein because I get the feeling that he doesn't feel any real passion in what he espouses. He does have the right idea in that we have to "give our returning soldiers what they need: hospitals, pensions, mental health".... And blows even that sentiment with "and a safe, immediate return." He tries to bring a cloak of bravery in the face of danger around himself in saying that "he doesn't suport the troops", but his argument is so lackluster that not even the most battle hardened vet can feel anything but pity towards him.

I may be fiery on occasion, but I feel passionately in my beliefs, and I can acknowledge that sometimes I may be mistaken in one or two things in following my passion. Mr. Stein has the complacent smugness of one that never had to really exert an effort; he has determined that the war is immoral in his own mind, even though he has no real reason for that reasoning other than an old tired meme's of "false intelligence" and "American Imperialism". He seems to be experiencing survivors guilt without ever haveing to had to be at risk of any danger, and then pontificates on the morality of an individual soldier engaged in combat?!

PU-LEEZE! Mr Stein seems to be the perennial Sophmore that talks on things he's not qualified to judge, but he doesn't even have the ardor of the radical Idiotarian to even make it interesting except as an example of sophistry.

Posted by Delftsman3 at January 24, 2006 07:58 PM | TrackBack

You said it better than I ever could. He's pitiful.

Posted by: Joe at January 25, 2006 12:26 AM
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