Do Nothing

Tuesday, May 30, 2006
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Wendy McElroy posts on the blog about Google not working up a special logo for Memorial Day, as they do with many holidays. She said something very simplistic, and very true, that gets me in trouble every time I say it: “Hold every U.S. soldier responsible for his or her choice to continue pointing a gun at human beings who are simply trying to live in their own country. Let Iraq solve its own problems as every nation must.”

I say “let Iraq solve its own problems” every time I am asked the same question by conformist, non-antiwar friends. I have a particular friend that obsesses on Iran these days. He’s great meat for the Federal Scaremongers, and he poses the same question to me, over and over, first regarding Iraq, then Syria, and now Iran: “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”

Nothing. It’s not our doing to be undoing. That’s the simple principle to the long answer, one that I have no desire to keep repeating, because he gets his news from Fox and the War Street Journal. And he doesn’t want to understand get his news from anywhere else. And he doesn’t get it that we don’t need to do anything about it, whatever it is. He wants to know, “What do we do about it?” Hell, go to Disneyland, I don’t care. Whatever it is, these people just can’t live with the “do nothing” sentiment. It’s beyond comprehension, to them, that we do nothing!

He also thinks we should nuke ‘em all and take the oil fields because we need the oil. Then he gets mad that I end the conversation there, because there’s no sense in continuing on with someone whose information is wrong, and whose principles – in regards to murder and private property – are a clusterfuck. Here’s to hoping he sees this….

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