Wednesday, June 14, 2006 |To Mr. Manix, and by extension to Mr. Goldsborough, I don’t think Americans are in the least indifferent to carnage in Iraq or anywhere. On the contrary, we see the loss of life there in perspective with the loss of life in other wars, the loss of life due to terrorists everywhere, and the ongoing loss of life that would surely have continued in Iraq had the U.S. done nothing. Those who do not want America to succeed openly gloat or pretend to wring their hands at our setbacks, but they cannot completely obscure the facts that this “bad war” appears to be resulting in a democratic government, rights for women, and a major disruption of terrorist networks that surely would still be attacking us within our shores if they could.

Of course, it’s perfectly ok to criticize what our government does. But here’s a suggestion if you want to be taken seriously: Instead of calling us Nazis for being unimpressed with you, tell us specifically what should be done instead, and how that will be better. As John Lennon said, “we’d all love to see the plan.”

Once I heard a judge encourage the jurors in a trial, saying that the jury system really works: “People have common sense and they usually get it right,” he said. I believe the same thing is going on across the country. We weigh an administration that is prosecuting a war it did not start on many fronts, against an implacable enemy; and then we see those who somehow prefer to think that its own government is the enemy. We may sometimes be disappointed in one, but we’ll never embrace the other.

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