Haha, this is like my 5th post today. I guess that’s what happens when you’re home sick on a rainy day and don’t feel like moving too much.
I stumbled upon this gem of a wonderfully well-written, thoughtful, logical argument helpfully tagged both “IRAQ” and “BULLS***”:
“SHUT UP OBAMA… DID YOU TALK TO IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN???
Seems like some people just can’t keep shut. Latest in news is Obama telling India and Pakistan to start talking again. Let me tell you something Mr. hippee, Peace means nothing to a country which loses more civilians a year to attacks from a terrorist Pakistan than US did in WTC attacks!
Oh! and btw, did you ask IRAQ (Weopons of Mass Destruction, remembe?r) or AFGHANISTAN (a million people without food, water and shelter) before bombing them to ‘GROUND ZERO’?
Come on! Keep your bloody ‘Peace in the world’ agenda to yourself and just pray China doesn’t displace you from the world’s top position during your regime.”
First off, I am fine with people expressing their opinions, even if they are completely in disagreement with me. As long as it’s an intelligent argument with logic and reason, I’m just dandy. But this? With “hippie” and “weapons” spelled incorrectly, you know it’s gotta be good.
OK. The gist of this, umm, ‘argument’ seems to be telling Obama to mind his own business. Isolationism? Really? That is so post-WWI, and so not a good idea. Maybe not to that extreme, but the intent of the letter from Obama to India seemed to be more of a “continuing consultations and communications” thing, seeing as India is a key player in international affairs, particularly in the Middle East.
Also: peace does mean something to “a country which loses more civilians a year to attacks from a terrorist Pakistan [poorly written] than US did in WTC attacks” – it’s a goal to aim for, something to hope for. He can’t honestly think what he is implying here – that India and Pakistan don’t want peace – is true. Everyone wants peace (except for a handful of extremists scattered about the world, but only because they think they’re right); the difficulty lies in accomplishing it in a way that satisfies all parties, which is no small feat. The fact of the matter is that the Middle East pretty much always has been and always will be in turmoil, whether it be over religion, civil rights, land disputes, oil, or any number or possible instigators.
And one of my strongest points: it was not Obama who started the Iraq/Afghan wars. It was Bush. “Oh! and btw, did you ask IRAQ (Weopons of Mass Destruction, remembe?r) or AFGHANISTAN (a million people without food, water and shelter) before bombing them to ‘GROUND ZERO’?” So no, he [Obama] didn’t, and neither did Bush, but don’t get me started on that can of worms. It is a riduclous claim to make, and this person is clearly confused and not sufficiently educated in current world affairs. It’s when people who aren’t really aware of world events form opinions based on half-truths and misinformation (or, to be blunt, stupidity) that I get annoyed. If they argue intelligently, I’ll happily debate them; it’s people like this who rile me.
Oh, and one more thing: China? What? “…pray China doesn’t displace you from the world’s top position during your regime.” …what? Are they referring to China taking over the world market? Pretty much done. From a militaristic standpoint? Religious? It’s difficult to say.
At any rate, this guy has not made a good impression on me.
To say the least.
NOTE: I’ve just scrolled down and noticed that he’s from Delhi, India, which seems rather strange… either I’m extremely out of the loop (which I don’t think so, I read the Times daily) or he has a very weird opinion (or he’s just not expressing it clearly enough).
Hmmm, the importance of clear communication becomes, well, clear (ha ha!) once again…
Thinking more about it… it’s just so poorly written it’s difficult to decipher the actual meaning… maybe he’s questioning why Obama feels the need to be the peace consultant between Pakistan and India when he seemingly neglected Iraq and Afghanistan… But wait, he wasn’t President then… hmm… looks like someone needs to do their research before writing a political rant…