Another perspective

  1. Found a few interesting takes on the war . . .

    Why Look For Reasons to Feel Gloomy?

    April 23, 2003

    Hardball host Chris Matthews went to New Haven and said in a speech, "I was wrong about the war." And, boy, he was. He couldn't have been more wrong if he had tried to be wrong. Nicholas Kristof came out in the New York Times, and tried to write a column admitting he was wrong, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it.

    He admitted he was wrong here and there, but we were still much more wrong in other areas. He just couldn't bring himself to do it. These liberals were so wrong, and the people that were wrong are now hoping they're going to be right on the aftermath of the war. I know there are a lot of you out there concerned that the Bush administration has really blown it, and lost control of Iraq to the Shi'ites. Oh, ye of little faith.

    It was only earlier this week that I had to remind people we were in Japan for seven years after the end of World War II. We were in West Germany for four years with our military another six beyond that. Eighty years after our own founding we had the Civil War, for crying out loud. To expect this stuff in Iraq to just roll off the assembly line is crazy.

    It's clear to me that the destabilization that's being attempted in Baghdad and in the southern cities of Nasiriyah and Basra is all coming from Iran. Iran has covert agents that they've sent across the border trying to stir all this up on the basis of religion. The mullahs and ayatollahs of Iran have done it because, like Bashar Assad in Syria, they're really feeling the heat. They're worried about their own regimes toppling. The last thing they want in Iraq is democracy. There's no way any neighboring Arab country is going to allow a democratic regime in this Palestinian state, either. It just isn't going to happen.

    "Why, Rush, why?" Well, I'm glad you asked. The best questions I get are often the questions I ask myself. The reason is simple. If you extend democratic, republican-type freedom to Arab citizens in a Palestinian state, all other Arab citizens in totalitarian states are going to want it for themselves. And then you're going to have little effervescent pockets of unrest boiling all over.

    You have to let this stuff play out over there. By no means will it be easy and it certainly isn't going to be fast, but we remain the good guys. Here we are in the midst of an overwhelming success, and I don't understand the desire, even among some on the right, to find a reason to feel gloomy or to find an area to point to and say, "Oops we've lost." Just relax out there and stay positive.

    It is always interesting to read all sides of the issue - steph

  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   jnette
    Thanx, Steph !

    I do try my darndest to look at ALL sides.. then mull over each one and find balance.

    I just have to keep asking myself "is it the RIGHT thing to do" ?
    In OUR eyes, of course, we say yes. But should we expect (insist)everyone to see things through OUR eyes... I guess this is my big question and concern....
  4. by   Furball
    It takes a big person to admit they were wrong. I love Chris Matthews!

    Thanks for the interesting read......

    Edited to add; If history shows we were wrong to invade Iraq 2, 5, 20 years from now....I'll have to remember to follow his example.
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Our own biases and life experiences and perspective color our opinions . . . . so it is hard to know how to judge sometimes.

    To look at the facts without your bias showing is difficult. And so having Chris Matthews admit he was wrong is a breath of fresh air for me.

    Just look at the discrepancy between the schools of thoughts regarding our own little controversy on allnurses. One example is 3rdShiftGuy . . . . some people thought he was attacking and being a hypocrite . . others saw the complete opposite. Were our biases showing?

    And the way people feel about Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura . . . . . I hear some people giving their opinions about them and wonder "do they listen to the show because that isn't what I hear?".

    The same with the war . . . .

    I've found as I gotten older it is way easier to admit that you are wrong and move on than to continue to obfuscate. We tell our kids, when they are trying to cover their little tushes, that they are just digging themselves into a deeper hole. And it is tough to climb out . . . .

    And now back to housework . . . .
  6. by   Mkue
    That is interesting.. I like Chris Matthews also.
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    Thank you.
    I think it is important to find out all we can.

    Don't watch much TV but Chris Mastthews seems to be a good journalist. Lowd voice annoys me, but I annoy people too.
  8. by   pickledpepperRN