As we recently came upon the third anniversary of the Iraq invasion, the obligatory protests (failed as they were) were held in cities around the world. Toronto, of course, was no exception and 1,000 people turned out to express their, um, displeasure
! Did I say conservatism? Surely I meant the war in Iraq, right?
The war in Iraq has been controversial (that was for those of you who've been living under a rock since 2003). As there are people out there who will protest any use of armed force, this should come as no surprise. But the reason for these protests goes deeper than a simple opposition to the use of military force to unseat a brutal dictator.
Why do I say this? Because of this:
As an aside, take a look at the placard in the back, circled in red:
Say what you will about the lefties, they're nothing if not creative. Which, I guess, makes up for their poor spelling. Seriously, if you can't even spell the name of the country, what the hell are you doing protesting its invasion?
If you wave a protest flag visibly enough, sooner or later they all congregate. To protest whatever
Getting to the point, if you look at the placard the bearded moonbat is hoisting, suddenly Harper
is the bad guy, even though we haven't even sent any troops to Irak- sorry, Iraq
. That's why these protests are principally assaults on conservatism. Why else are these people suddenly protesting the important work CF personnel are doing in Afghanistan? Because
. We need something to be mad at the Conservatives over, after all. That Harper, he wanted us in Iraq, didn't he? Who cares if hindsight is 20/20! He should have consulted a psychic to see how things would turn out. No blood for oil
! See, it's easy - all you have to do is write in Harper
on your placards where you'd normally write Bush
. Proper spelling is optional.
For all their vaunted talk about our proud "peacekeeping tradition," the moment it becomes politically expedient to attack it every politician and protester with an axe to grind against the Conservatives abandons it with breathtaking hypocrisy.
And before you start bringing it up in the comments, we've been involved in combat operations in Afghanistan since the day the first Canadian soldier set foot there. What the hell do you think they were doing during the initial invasion, sunning themselves?
You can be against the use of military force all you want. No sane person on the planet delights in violence and war. But what the far left will never accept is that sometimes, war is necessary
to preserve what we hold so dear. That doesn't make it any less hard to stomach. But you have to do it all the same. You can't hide your head in the sand every time a tinpot tyrant rattles his sabre.
Finally, for all their talk about respect for human rights, I'm still left scratching my head over why I haven't seen any thousand person protests in Toronto over Saddam's human rights violations. Saddam was in power for 35 years in Iraq and I don't recall ever seeing even one protest by the lefties during all that time. Yet here we are, barely three years later, and we're still hearing every possible flawed argument there is about how Bush is the real terrorist - for removing a dictator and bringing democracy to a country
There was some sanity though, in the form of American passerbys:
Julia Fairchild of Boston was angered by one chant in particular: "Canada ... U.S.A. ... How many kids did you kill today?"
Her retort: "I didn't kill any kids today - and that's not why we're in Iraq. They're making us sound like monsters. Nobody talks about how bad Saddam Hussein was for Iraq."
You said it, Julia.Source