A woman in France has a new face. Her old one bitten off by a dog, she has received a new grafted face lifted from a brain dead patient. The company that performed the surgery is called — and this is no joke — “Saving Faces – the Facial Surgery Research Foundation.” I wonder if the brain dead donor agrees with the title.
I’m reading a book about paradoxes in human psychology, how our religions tell us “love one another” and our jobs tell us “exploit one another.” How we abhor torture but we regularly eat animals that live their entire lives in conditions few prisoners of war have ever faced. It got me thinking about politics (as these things tend to do), and I thought about the Iraq war. I was against it at first, not because I was a “peacenik”, nor because I didn’t think Saddam was a super-villain, but because I simply felt Bush was manipulating the public into a war, and I felt that any war entered into where all the facts aren’t clear is a mindless and stupid thing. Yet many prominent Democrats voted in support of the war. And now, many Democrats (and in their defense, not a majority), are calling for a quick removal from Iraq.
My “Danger-Will-Robinson” flag is going up. There is hypocrisy here.
It’s not just because the Dems changed their mind. That’s allowed. But are we just supposed to pull out from Iraq just because it’s not going well over there? Do we leave the country in shambles, with a broken government and no real power, or — heaven forbid — we do what G.W.B. suggests we do and stay the course until completion? I hate to admit it, but I agree with Ol’ George on this one. It’s a paradox, I know. I didn’t want this war, but now that we have it, the best route is to finish it right.
Case in point: Afghanistan. We gave them training and weapons to fight the evil Communist Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall fell. The USSR became “democratic” CIS and all was well again in the world. But what about the Afghanis? Well, f**k them, we said. We just left them to hang because we didn’t need them anymore. Guess what, ladies and gentlemen, when you leave a vacuum, something will come along to fill it (nature abhors one). Can you say, “Taliban” ?
Iraq needs our help now. Sure, Bush and Haliburton are sliming their greedy hands on the plethora of oil. But just because we loathe our “faith and values” Presidential leader doesn’t mean we should throw out the baby with the bath water. The Iraqi people are suffering immensely. A paradox is where two contradictory statements can be true simultaneously. My paradox is that I don’t support Bush, but I agree with him about Iraq. We need to finish the job we started, whatever it takes. America doesn’t just up and leave when the going gets tough. At least, that’s what I like to believe.
As always on this blog, your mileage may vary.