April 9 2003

R E A L  A M E R I C A N  P A T R I O T S

source: www.cornellreview.org
 We do not apologize
"The Cornell Review was founded in 1984 as a response to the atmosphere of liberalism prevalent on the Cornell campus." "The goal of the Cornell Review is to expose the rampant foolishness and immorality displayed time and again by University administrators and students..."

The Cornell Review Online is a loud Republican gem I found on the internet. Its slogan is "We do not apologize", and I think it is well worth to publish one of its articles here. To stay informed on what's keeping the American pro-war lobby busy, and why. And, perhaps unneccesary to mention: they're serious.
 Yes, well, we need oil, how else do you think your cocaine gets delivered?
Title: Recognizing Real American Heroes - The silent majority speaks out
Author: G. Quentin Mull
Date: April 4, 2003

Last Wednesday, as coalition forces were preparing for the battle of Baghdad, a patriotic group of students began their own battle: the battle to take back our campus, and take back our country's good name from the guilt-ridden pacifists and treasonous America-bashers who have preached the ideology of peace-over-preservation so stridently in recent weeks.

The event was entitled the "Enduring Freedom Rally", and was sponsored by the Cornell College Republicans, although patriots from the entire political gamut were welcome. The event's raison d'etre was best summed up by keynote speaker Joseph J. Sabia, "We are all out here today to honor the men and women that are serving in our military ‹ to say thank you to them for protecting our freedom. We believe it is important for us to be out here because we are the silent majority of Americans, the silent majority of college students, and the silent majority of Cornellians."

Despite the intermittent rain (when asked about the bad weather, Chairman Ryan Horn responded: "This is nothing; just look at the sandstorms our troops are facing."), the timing of the event could not have been better. Just as liberal pundits were beginning to question the progress of the war (and just as many were about to go schizo if one more psuedo-expert claimed it is all about oil) Ithaca was given a pressure-injection of good old-fashioned Yankee patriotism, in typical Star Spangled Fashion.

Speaking in front of a ten-foot-wide American flag, Cornell College Republican (CR) Chairman Ryan Horn started things off by responding, with a phrase coined by former Review editor Ann Coulter, to the "no blood for oil" chants of passing ne'r-do-wells, "Yes, well, we need oil, how else do you think your cocaine gets delivered?" The floor was then given to Review writer Joseph J. Sabia, who voiced an opinion not often heard on Cornellıs political circuit: "[I am] so proud of my nation's resolve to make this world a safer place for free people, so proud that my President is standing up not only to international terrorism, but to the cowardly, appeasement-minded nations of Old Europe, so proud that the Armed Forces of the United States are bringing a gift from God - liberty - to the citizens of Iraq. The objectives of this war make me so proud to be an American." At this point onlookers were visibly stunned, realizing that not only is America not a near-cousin of Beelzebub, but that some students are actually proud of their citizenship.

Sabia went on to explain why many Cornellians are in a bad humour, "We are tired of our campus and our town being overrun by a mob of malcontents, a mob that always blames America first, a mob that defaces the American flag, a mob that is ungrateful to be living in the greatest nation in the history of the world." He cited recent articles by peace protesters repudiating their country and their citizenship while remaining silent towards Saddam's many acts of barbarism.
 America is not all-evil; it is one of the most benevolent nations in all history
Next, CR Elliott Reed attacked the myth that America is replacing Iraqis' suffering with more suffering, noting, "It would be easiest to drop heavy ordinance like the MOAB and/or just nuke Iraq, but then we would be no better than terrorists who practice extremist Islam ... they say that the war is one of attrition. But our leaders have said that we will not be destroying vital structures - nor will this campaign be anything less than an overwhelming show of democratic force." Democratic? But isn't it the case that our president was simply elected by the Supreme Court? Well, while we wait for Al to get done counting those hanging chads, we are left with the fact that last fall both houses of Congress overwhelmingly voted President Bush the power to use any and all means to deal with the Iraqi threat.

In no uncertain terms, Reed also gave a strong argument against the absolute pacifism propagated (on such signs as, "Preemptive=Terrorism") by the anti-war crowd, "Of course it is preemptive. I ask, though, what would we have given to avoid the tragic losses of 9/11?" This raises the question: if one had perfect knowledge that a group (say, a bunch of Muslims) were planning a horrific attack (for instance, a homicide airline bombing) against America, would it be just, moral, and right, to destroy these individuals before they saw their plan to reality? Many peaceniks say no. Many more say no, only because they think America deserved to have thousands of her citizens murdered. The speakers of this rally made it clear America does have a right to prevent her future attack by throwing the first punch.

In response to the left-wing criticism of our government for acting "unilaterally" (some would simply call this acting "as a nation"), speaker Jamie Weinstein pointed out, "it won't be France, Germany, or even the United Nations that stands in judgment of our actions. It will be history, and I have a feeling history will be kind to us." If some have been critical that the present coalition (one of the largest in modern times) includes some less-than-premier countries, it should be pointed out that the majority of our U.N. detractors come from less than well-known regions of the globe as well. Germany and France have a lot invested in Iraq, while the opinions of obscure Central African nations do not determine the morality of our present conflict any more than Missourian farmers know what type of banana goes well with hippo meat.

The rally of course was not without its opposition. All the stock characters were present: The Oil-conspiracy Paranoids, the Conscientious-objector Intellectuals, Sixties Free-love Refuse (complete with "Eau d' marijuana" scent), Eco-Warriors (still not sure why) Stalinists, the Ex-soldier Turned Dove, Unwashed Hemp Hippies, and the character known as Captain Corporate (easily identified by his cape and quasi-mullet). These dozen or so spent the large majority of their time rudely yelling in the vain hope that volume would eventually lead to truth. As thoroughly unpolished as the bearing of this rancorous bunch was, the thought process was even worse. Displaying such clever slogans as "Its about the oil" (which completely forsakes the fact that we already control the oilfields), "Iraq is not Saddam" (shocking geography, Batman!), "Shock and Awe equals Weapons of Mass Destruction" (darned ineffective ones it seems, considered the thousands of bombs dropped with little over a hundred civilian casualties), the opposition showed us once again the dangers involved with only thinking an emotion half-way through.

Perhaps the most poignant moment of the rally came when CR Katie Mclean spoke of the more personal aspects of the war. Even our bellicose anti-war brethren shut up when, in a moving mix of emotion and reason, Mclean said, "My views on whether or not this war should be occurring do not matter, whether or not it is about oilŠ or the freeing of a people that have been oppressed, tortured, demoralized and exploited for years. What matters now is that we support our troops....We support America. There are men and women, in my case friends and family there, to whom I can put faces, memories and funny stories to, fighting and possibly dying. I not only support our troops I support my friends and ...I find it disheartening that I have to walk through a protest defaming our leader, our country and our troops. Expend your energy towards supporting our troops, towards supporting my friends, towards supporting the men and women who are willing to die for you."

This elegant oration summed up the best sentiments of the rally. Our nation is at war. Like it or not, the Commander in Chief is going to see Operation Liberate Iraq finished. There is a place and a time to criticize policy, but at the moment we need to come together as a nation to support our men and women in harm's way. America is not all-evil; it is one of the most benevolent nations in all history. Pres. Bush is not a Nazi. He is not a socialist, and does not even have a clear ethnicity to claim as superior. You may not agree with his ideas on how to confront the Islamic terrorist threat, but he has had the moral clarity to stand up to the world and do what he thinks best for our nation - for you and your families. Both he, and the troops under his command, need your support.

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