This whole war thing has me in knots.
I believe we are doing the right thing, I try not to be insulting, and for my troubles I get shouted down and called all kinds of things that nobody would ever think of calling me otherwise. I lose my temper sometimes, but on the whole I think I’ve been at least reasonable.
Further, I know that I’ll be going over there sometime, so debating the war is an exercise in futility since it won’t make any difference with regard to the eventual outcome or my future disposition.
Therefore, I will no longer make any effort to argue the merits of this war. It is exhausting to see the same arguments put forth over and over again on both sides with no end in sight and no purpose behind the arguing.
In fact, I think it might be time for a break from posting for me. I’m clearly taking this to heart a bit too much since it will soon be directly affecting my life. I’m gonna have to think about this for a while.
Part of my problem, I think, is that I tend to see things as black and white, and they are usually gray. It’s very frustrating to me when I see people saying stuff like “You’re either with us or against us”. I’ve never said that, or if I did I can’t imagine why I did, because we’re all Americans and our opinions should matter, as should the opinions of foreigners. This whole thing is polarized so incredibly that there really isn’t any middle ground, when there really should be.
So, should we go to war? My opinion is yes. Others say no. Do I wish this war could be averted with a satisfactory result? Yes. Others, again, say no. Those are my opinions, and they’re here for all to see and criticize and mock and support or whatever. But I will no longer get involved in a contest to see who can shout the loudest. They solve nothing.
I think I’m gonna go spend some quality time with my family while I can, rather than see if I can shout really loud, because right now I’m just plain hoarse.