War - Have Americans Lost Their Empathy?
June 21st, 2006
When Saddam was accused of crimes against the Kurds, many Americans
believed it without hesitation. Those very same Americans are
dumbfounded when Iraqis are quick to judge American soldiers accused of
crimes in Iraq. They say things like “We should not be quick to judge
our soldiers” or “the media has convicted the soldiers without a trial”.
Has politics become a football game? Even when the invasion and
occupation has become such an obvious mistake, there are still those who
will support it. There are Americans who blindly support the President,
similar to the way some Germans blindly supported Hitler. I think the
biggest problem with people is that they can’t empathize with other
Many people believe the true Iraqi patriots are the ones collaborating
with the United States. They believe that the true patriots in Iraq are
the ones that are spying on their fellow countrymen. Is that what they
would do if the United State were invaded and occupied by another
country? Obviously, that is what they are saying they would do.
Recently Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, was asked if there are more
terrorists in Iraq now than when we first invaded. He said he did not
know. When the war first started, most of the terror attacks were
committed by insurgents who entered the country. Now reports indicate
the most of the terror attacks are perpetrated by Iraqis.
Before the war we would rarely hear about Iraqis perpetrating terror
attacks. In fact the September 11th hijackings were done by
Saudis, Egyptians and a few others. None were Iraqi. But things have
changed. The recent bombings in Jordan were perpetrated by Iraqis. The
captured woman was the sister of a slain Iraqi who was killed by the
Americans. Would she have traveled to Jordan to commit the act of
terror if the US had not invaded? Likely not.
There may be more terrorists in Iraq now than before the invasion.
Think about it, if the US were invaded and the invaders killed your son
or daughter, would you continue to collaborate with the invader? Even
if the invader apologized and said it was an accident, I bet you would
still be angry. You might even take up arms against the invaders.
So who are the
true patriots in Iraq? Are they the Iraqis that are collaborating with
the US, or are they the ones planting the IEDs? If you answer they are
the ones collaborating with the US, then you have lost your ability to
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