At another board I frequent related to one of my hobbies (see the Hobbies thread in MPSIMS) a thread was started about a program on the history channel on the Battle for Fallujah. Someone made a comment abut how US troops aren’t being represented in the media. Politics are strictly forbidden on this board so I made a comment about how a statement like that could easily get political so we should drop it.
I then get attacked in the thread by… let’s just say… an idiot. He picks a fight with me over politics and I kindly ask him to respect the rules of the board and take it to private messages.
So some back and forth follows and it’s quite clear this guy is…let me repeat… an idiot.
Then he made this statement in relation to the war in Iraq.
“Let’s look at it another way. What if France had invaded the US prior to the American Revolution with only the pretext of liberating the colonies to govern themselves? It doesn’t matter when Lafayette sailed in, we would have welcomed him. Because they shared the same Democratic philosophy.”
… Wow. Now I’d like to respond to this in the most vicious way possible… but that serves little good… I would like to request the aid of my fellow Dopers in tearing this idea apart with simple facts. I can point out basic things that knock holes in the leaky boat this guy is in by using my basic understanding of the period… But like I said, it is only basic. I can bring up the French and Indian War or that France wasn’t a democracy but to give details, to give more indepth analysis to shut this guy up would be nice.
And I just realized that this kind of sounds like a creative way to get you guys to do my homework for me… That’s not my intention. It’s just that this is one of those online debates that is moving quickly and I’m looking for quick help.
I’ll buy anyone a coke who helps me out… next time I see them.