I caught Michael Moore on The O’Reilly Factor last night (transcript here). It wasn’t a good performance for either of these men, but much of the interview centered on Iraq (big duh, I know). The gist of the segment:
Michael Moore: Bush lied because WMD weren’t found, and therefore soldiers are dying for no reason since the War was justified by WMD. We should only have gone into Iraq if you are willing to sacrifice your own son in the effort.
Bill O’Reilly: Saddam had connections to terrorists and needed to be toppled.
What Bill forgot to mention was the presence of Abu Nidal and Zarqawi in Iraq. Terrorist training grounds in N. Iraq. Saddam’s “blood money” to the families of homicide bombers. The invasion of Iran and Kuwait. The gassing of the Kurds and Iran.
He also failed to call Moore on the carpet for this mythical belief in the power of Special Forces or “shock troops”. Moore and Nader both have this pathological belief that war isn’t necessary because special forces can do the job.
Have we raised a generation of people to believe that James Bond and the Delta Force are real? Now I know for a fact that the Special Forces have their place in warfare and counterinsurgency, but they have limits.
Take the genocide happening in Sudan. As I write this today, the Sudanese government is threatening the world community to not intervene. So I would love to ask Michael Moore and Ralph Nader this question:
Imagine you are president. What do you do?
Diplomacy hasn’t worked. Why? Because the French, Chinese and Pakistanis are blocking any significant sanctions against the regime. Even if they were put into force today, it took decades for sanctions to work in South Africa. By the time they did work, the bones of the people of Darfur would have been bleaching in the sun for years.
Send in special forces? To do what? Assassinate the president of Sudan? Take him hostage? We are talking about government backed militias – tens of thousands of armed troops raping and killing thousands of innocents. How is the Delta Team going to stop them?
I know: Magic.
Magic that only Michael Moore, Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich know. It can only be magic, because the only solution that I can think come up with is to put a military force between the killers and the victims in Darfur – and the killers won’t be too happy if that happens.
“What, you aren’t going to let me hack the 12 year old girl to death after I’ve raped her? Sorry, but I’m afraid I’ll have to shoot you.”
If someone wants something from you, and is willing to kill you for it – then you either have to give it to him or die. In the Sudan either we let the genocide go on – or we send in troops to stop it. What concerns me is that Rwanda happened after the “fatigue” of Somalia, and it is possible that the genocide in Darfur may be successful because of our “fatigue” in Iraq.
Maybe we could send in Michael Moore, Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich. Maybe the Sudanese would be willing to listen to Kucinich (since no one here does).