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A CONTEST!

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Aug. 1st, 2008 | 07:46 am
posted by: sad_sick_truth in anarkospiritual

I’m demoralized. I received the E-mail that appears below in italics from an acquaintance’s wife after making some comments about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (the anniversaries of those bombings are coming up next week.)

This pathetic E-mail contains about every terrible cliche that you might expect from an uneducated jingoist – we have the "love it or leave it" argument, the smug bragadoccio about "our way of life and our freedoms" (in the face of the obscene Patriot Act, no less) and the usual ignorant nonsense about Iraq being the 9/11 bogeyman.

I’m so tired of responding to drivel like this that I figured I’d make a contest out of it. There’s no prize other than recognition for a job well done, but if anyone on this LiveJournal site would like to take a crack at responding to Ruth, her E-mail address is ruth@ruthstoffee.com.

You should not only E-mail your personal response to her directly, but also post it here. I will judge entries on their factual content, their lack of personal invective, and on the soundness of their arguments. I don’t think personal attacks and insults will work on her, but if this woman received an avalanche of well-reasoned and well written rebuttals, she just might be humbled.

 

Incidentally, her remark about the Japanese trying to surrender was in response to my comment that the Japanese were suing for peace through Russia when we dropped the atomic bombs.

If you want to refer to me personally in your E-mail, my name is Bill.

Go for it. Here is her message to me:

 

Maybe you should go ahead and move to Canada then. Everyone would probably be happier if you did, yourself included. What burns me more than any atom bomb is people living in the wonderful nation full of hope, promise, and freedom, and opportunity who are nothing but negative about our great nation. You don't like America, move out.

The Japanese were not trying to surrender. They died to preserve their honor. There was no honor in capture. Do you have any idea how many MILLIONS of lives were saved by dropping the bomb? Countless, when you factor in how many more American soldiers and Japanese would have died in a land invasion.

One further note, Iraq is and never was about oil. It was about us being attacked on our own soil by a bunch of cowardly terrorists. What kind of regard did they have for innocent women and children? None. How many people died in the Twin Towers? Over 2000. There were children there too, in day care centers. How many days did it take you to forget that? 2? This is not about quote "flexing our muscle." This is about preserving our way of life and our freedoms.

But since you do not value these freedoms, and prefer to be Canadian, here are some helpful websites to get you started. Have a nice trip!!

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 25th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
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even if i don't necessarily believe in being "american." using that language to this person might help. being american and the ideals of this country is about diversity of opinion. this country is specifically america, because folks with differing opinions can be here and not "move to canada." america wants its critiques...well, hot damn. we wouldn't have our founding Fathers and lesser know mothers if we kicked out dissenting opinions. we need folks that ask critical questions.


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