By Paul A. Anthony, Editor in Chief
The war in Iraq has turned ugly, but the verbiage and actions coming from the anti-war camp have turned even uglier.
Around the same time that American soldiers were dying in the streets of An Nassing, Michael Moore stood up at the Academy Awards and labeled George W. Bush a “fictitious president.”
Apparently frustrated at being proven so foolishly wrong in the opening days of the war, few civilian deaths, mass surrenders, even more abandonment, Moore decided to slander the president on national TV.
Even Hollywood, the Democratic Party’s biggest contributor of funds and left-wing ideologues, either sat silent or booed Moore who would rather millions of Iraqi civilians be tortured and killed by a man with designs for attacking America.
Even Hollywood has sense, it seems. But elsewhere in the world, the anti-war camp is desperate.
How else to explain the violence exhibited in rallies for peace?
The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday that in France, anti-war marchers stabbed two men.
At the opening of the war, youths from American University in Cairo, Egypt, rioted in the city. Hundreds of thousands of people held up signs arguing for the impeachment of President Bush-signs printed by anti-Semitic, socialist organizations.
Everyone has the right to an opinion-and to express it legally, but one word describes the explosive violence with which these “protestors for peace” have reacted: desperation.
Having failed to convince more than 40 countries including more than half of Europe and four of the world’s biggest economic powers that letting a brutal tyrant murder his own people was morally acceptable, focus must now be turned to the progress of the war.
And so the BBC, Europe’s largest anti-war voice, says the capture of American troops in violation of the Geneva Convention is a disaster-for America.
Not for Iraq, which has claimed the moral high ground since last fall. Not for anti-war protesters, who claimed the U.S. was attacking an innocent country. But for America, the country that had expected this and warned it would happen.
And so these protestors become grotesque, hoping America fails to find weapons everyone knows are there, perversely hoping America has found itself in another Vietnam-by extension hoping for the deaths of thousands of “American boys,” to coin a phrase used by French officials.
In the world of the modern-day radical war protestor, the moral high ground means condoning barbarism, torture and mass murder while condemning liberation, democracy and freedom.
No wonder the acerbic rhetoric of Michael Moore fell on deaf ears, even among the far-left Hollywood elite. The man who says he deals in non-fiction apparently has lived in his own “fictitious world” for far too long.