There’s hope for leftists

I’m heartened to see that at least one young reflexive Bush-hater can see his error after speaking to Iraqis. An excerpt:

You may think that you have felt dumb before, but let me tell you something: until you have stood in front of a man who knows real pain and told him that you are against your country’s alleviation of his country’s state-sponsored murderous suffering, you have not felt truly, deeply, like a total f****** moron.
I still am no Bush fan, and I know that America got lied to. I know we shouldn’t have gone, and I think Rove is as evil as they come. But through all this deception and lying, through all this dismemberment and pain, America has wrought a beautiful, fantastic side effect: joy, freedom and a hope for peace. Does it take lies and misdirection to do this?? Is this what the other side of justice is? I feel like such a whiner and I don’t know what to think anymore. Ultimately, in total defiance of my mother and grandmother�s teachings, two wrongs have made a right and my moral compass is tired and busted.
I can’t tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys, and I want a clear cut mandate, some lines to believe along. But there aren’t any. There’s just right and wrong and following your heart of hearts. And for the first time in my life, I can say that I was wrong to be compulsively critical of the current administration without seeking my own truth.

A neocon in the making, perhaps?
Hat tip: She Who Will Be Obeyed

UPDATE: SMASH reponds, and gets a response.

2 comments

  1. Michael Dickel

    i’m sadly sure that many germans found hope in their country’s pursuits in the lat 1930s after speaking with Poles, French, etc. sadness permeates the world…the suffering we inflicted refects back to us as suffering we delivered the victims from. We supported the Iraqi government, we imposed sanctions that we knew would impact average citizens more than those who ruled, we screwed up over and over again trying to protect our economic rulers’ interests. Sadness. sadness fits the moment and context. is Iraq the current version of the Spanish Civil War? Will we invade Iran and make some claim about stopping once democracy (euphemism for capitalism…not really interested in democracy in the halls of our government, but rather corporate feudalism…) is established in the world but really intending economic fascism a form of non-nationalist non-socialism that is so far around the wheel to be next to national socialism and who will join the resistance here? and who will resist in the world? and what will happen when GWB and his Dick’s cronies run the world as they see fit for their own greedy desires / fulfillment, sucked off by exotic erotic others in subservient prisoner positions piled high upon each other in orgiastic torture of freedoms’ soul, sole beneficiary multi-national power brokers military-industrial complex stock holders holding the Dick until it squirts its capitalist seed around the globe, impregnating the gaia egg and giving birth to monstrosity? what will happen then???????