May 12, 2004

STOKE

I watched the video this morning.

At first I couldn't decide if I wanted to see it. I had butterflies in my stomach and my heart was pounding throughout the whole seven minutes. It happened exactly as Charles described, and it was very difficult to watch.

Another wife asked me why on earth I had watched the video. I struggled to find the right words to explain to her why I wanted to -- needed to -- see it. The right word came to me later.

Laser beam.

I watched the video so I wouldn't forget what we're fighting for. I watched it so I wouldn't get distracted by Abu Ghraib or 9/11 hearings or anything else that is preventing the American public from seeing the simple dichotomy between good guys and bad guys. I watched it so I could put a face on my enemy, so I could watch his heinous deeds firsthand, and so I would not forget what my husband is risking his life to prevent.

I watched it so I could stoke my anger. It worked.

Posted by: Sarah at 10:47 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Well said. I watched the video, not reallly wanting to, but knowing I need to to remind myself about what we are fighting for. It made me realize that people like John Kerry who are using every little backstep in the war for his political gain are almost as bad as the butchers who did this to Nick.

Posted by: Tom at May 12, 2004 11:56 AM (eAINt)

2 Tom, I think you go too far in comparing Kerry with these murderers. Kerry couldn't do anything this evil. He doesn't have the fanaticism. And that makes him dangerous in his own way. He'll flip-flop in any direction to achieve the only goal that matters: power. Vile, yes, but nothing like cutting off someone's head. (Unless we believe his tales about Vietnam, of course ...) I hate Democrats. No subtlety there. But to demonize them trivializes the even greater evil that these Islamists pose. Put Vince Foster aside. He's not the Clintons' Daniel Pearl. Bill or Hillary don't come close to these monsters. Saddam? Kim Jong Il? Yeah. Americans have it so easy. They don't know what oppression is. So they equate Bush with Hitler, Clinton with Satan, etc. Meanwhile the real Hitlers and Satans are running loose, and what does Kerry intend to do about them? He'll make up something when the time comes. Something worthless, I'd bet. But incompetence doesn't make him a savage. His kind is so "civilized" that they've forgotten what barbarism is like. We know. We saw the video. But did they see the same thing we did? No, they saw the deadly consequences of the Bush regime's errors. If only we hadn't invaded Iraq and deposed its legitimate ruler who won 100% of the vote. If only we hadn't turned Abu Ghraib into a gula-, I mean, concentration camp. (Please forgive my Soviet analogy. They were just morally different, unlike the Nazis, the only remaining acceptable symbol of evil.) If only Gore's victory had been permitted by the Halliburton-Enron conspiracy. If only ... I'm sorry I'm so cranky. I don't mean to take anything out on you personally. I've been thinking about Berg nonstop for the past 14 hours. It's "just" the death of one man, I know, but I feel even worse than I did during 9/11. I couldn't believe 9/11 was real. I believed this was real from the start. After Pearl's death, I've come to expect real atrocities like this. I'm becoming accustomed to evil. That terrifies me. I spent seven hours on a blog post trying to exorcise my demons. I failed.

Posted by: Amritas at May 12, 2004 02:47 PM (LhhYJ)

3 Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi and most of the Democrats have revealed that they are a deriment to national security, by continuing to try to use this prison scandal (and ridiculously, 9/11) to bring down the president. The WOT is too serious for this kind of absurd behavior. They are giving aid and comfort to the enemy and our ill informed critics by perpetruating a lot of myths and half truths in order to make the Administration look bad. There are plenty of things to complain about in this administration, but using the WOT is inexcuseable.

Posted by: James Hudnall at May 12, 2004 03:25 PM (FV8Tp)

4 I'm an ex-muslim from Pakistan and I watched the video recently. Like you said rightly, I also had to watch it to remind myself the purpose of my life - to expose Islam and help stop its spread. Quran 9.29 "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day ... " Islam orders muslims to kill those who left Islam.

Posted by: Adnan at May 15, 2004 03:31 PM (vSEj3)

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