I’m anti-war. Before my four readers start flaming me, I should probably qualify that statement. I’ve actually seen the elephant; and unlike your “antiwar” moonbats, I understand the nature and necessity of war.

That doesn’t meant that I think war is good. It isn’t. War is a horrible thing which does terrible damage to the people that fight them, both those killed, and those who survive. I’m not “anti-war” in the sense that I oppose the current war, I’m anti-war in the sense that I’m opposed to the concept of war. I would like to see political disputes solved without 19 year old kids shooting each other. However, I’m not naive, and I understand the necessity of war. After all, war is politics by other means.

If wars could be ended, they should. However, they can’t. There will always be a great need for a nation to be protected by armed, rough men who are willing to put their very lives on the line for one another and for us. When I say “I support the troops”, I honestly do. I have been that 19 year old kid who was placed in a situation to do a job he had been trained to do. I understand what you carry with you after that job is over and you go back to being a normal person.

I don’t want our troops to be pulled out of Iraq; to do so would do both a disservice to the Iraqi people and to the men and women that have given their lives over there. What I want is for our troops to be supported, specifically because I’m opposed to the concept of war. If war is an ugly, violent thing, should we not then give our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines the tools and support they need? Should we not allow our boys and girls to do what they were trained to do, to fight the enemy? Of course we should, but instead the “anti-war” movement does everything they can to hamstring our fighting forces, all while claiming to “support the troops”.

War is ugly. War is violent. War is hell. War is necessary. There are people, organizations, and countries now and throughout history that do not respond to diplomacy, or foreign aid, or strongly worded letters from the UN. Those people respond only to the tip of the spear, and by so doing create the necessity for armed conflicts.

I would like to live in a world with no wars. That would be truly a magnificent achievement on the part of the human race. I have a prediction for you, however. It’s not going to happen. There will always be people who need to have that spear thrust at them; and we should always have people ready to hold our end of the spear.

I’m going to conclude today’s entry with a simple request to those of you that say your support the troops, whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent, or whatever I would ask that you put your money where your mouth is. This page links to several different ways that you can show your support for the young men and women overseas.

I’m tired of the goddamn moonbats saying that they “support the troops”. If your support is nothing but words tossed out to further your political agenda, it is worse than meaningless.