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Accessories before, during, and after

By Michael J. Smith on Monday June 5, 2006 09:25 AM

A stopped clock is right twice a day, and frother Mark Steyn has a point:

Anyone who supports the launching of a war should be clear-sighted enough to know that, when the troops go in, a few of them will kill civilians, bomb schools, torture prisoners. It happens in every war in human history, even the good ones. Individual Americans, Britons, Canadians, Australians did bad things in World War II and World War I. These aren't stunning surprises, they're inevitable: It might be a bombed mosque or a gunned-down pregnant woman or a slaughtered wedding party, but it will certainly be something.
Steyn, of course, draws somewhat different conclusions than I do. But he's right about one thing: Haditha was a foreseeable consequence of invading and occupying Iraq. Hillary knew there would be Hadithas when she supported the war; so did Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, John Kerry, Tom Lantos, Chuck Schumer, Joe Lieberman, and the rest of the Democratic Party rat pack.

They went along with the war, they knowingly voted for Haditha, and they figured that if it all turned out badly, they could blame it on the Republicans. They knew the excuses for the war were lies. They weren't fooled. They weren't stampeded. Their support for the war was a cynical calculation. They winked at the lies and paid for the Hadithas -- with our money, of course -- because they thought they could have it both ways. They thought they could avoid the risk of opposing the war, and avoid the blame for starting it.

I really think these reptiles may be worse, in a moral sense than the Republicans. At least the Republicans went balls-to-the-wall for this murderous folly. They nailed their colors to the mast, and if we had an opposition party in this country, their ship would be sunk.

But the Democrats -- these vile, slinking, doubletalking, soulless, conscienceless hypocrites -- they went along with it thinking they could wade hip-deep in blood and still keep their skirts clean.

They're as culpable as the Republicans, and even less honest, which is really saying something. They're accessories before, during, and after the fact, and anybody who votes for one of them is an accessory too.

Comments (7)


I couldn't agree with you more. Every person who voted for this war, Democrat or Republican, is equally culpable and should be punished.

But what bothers me is that whenever people name those in the Democratic leadership who are responsible ("Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, John Kerry, Tom Lantos, Chuck Schumer, Joe Lieberman, and the rest of the Democratic Party rat pack")they always leave out the most corrupt one of them all: Edward Kennedy, the longest-serving one of them all. For the last 40 years he has done everything he can to support the military-industrial complex, and of course, voted for this war, as he has for all of the others. And yet somehow he's always given a bye. People need to focus on him. He's at the very center of congressional corruption, and may very well be the most corrupt one of them all.

Nail. Hammer. Bang. Especially those last four paragraphs.


as to blood baths filled from the drainings of the innocent

the next installment of liberal armour
won't be made from smoke and mirrors

warrior liberals are the next stage of orthrian donkery

i think beinart
is trying to be
the baptist for this next stage

his line doesn't attempt
to remove the stain
blame it on a splash from an elephants trunk
but to glory in waving it
"yes folks
its inocent baby blood and i spilled it ...
its what i must do
what we must do
what we must inflict
and endure the guilt
this sin is the price
we pay
to civilize the world

sacrfice our own purity"

yup goodness fans
its a dirty job
but liberals can do itand take the full measure of its moral consequences
with heart shame
lutherian suffering....

and personal damnation....

'cause thats the tariff
on building
a better planet for all

for all all all
future humanity

our own children
their own unborn
survivors too


the nub of beinart:

"..few societies are capable of acknowledging what happened, bringing the killers to justice, and instituting changes that make it less likely to happen again"

note the we try harder ..
geting better all the time claim ...:

-- 'instituting changes
that make it less likely
to happen again'-----

" kold war examples please ..."

vietnam bad ...korea worse

contra nicaragua bad... countra cuba worse

really ???

since we're at it again
is this set of needless heedless hand to hand
butchery do
less frequent
who's counting this up???

the hanoi xmas bombing
well ..it was no hiroshima

whats the base line comparison
that shows
this path of progress

where's the numbers
reduced atrocity counts

we'll better then....

wounded knee
the pequot massacre


This should be turned into a poster or something similar, since it says just about everything that needs to be said about the Democrats-and continuing to aid them.

"Lesser evil" butchery is still butchery.

Outstanding Michael! You've put into words exactly what I've been thinking. Bravo indeed!

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