I got in to another long and pointless argument recently, but it did bring up some interesting points that didn’t fit in that conversation.
One is that the caliphascists in Iraq are now focusing on killing and intimdating election workers and candidates, a technique that was used in this country by the Ku Klux Klan. Among the chattering classes, the KKK is considered an archetypical evil, yet the caliphascists have managed to avoid anything like the same taint even tough the KKK never did anything as brutal as the things the caliphascists are doing in Iraq. The suggestion that the human shields go back and protect polling places is a wonderful one, as it perfectly illuminates this point.
On a relate theme, I was asked whether I would join a resistance against a successful Chinese invasion of the USA. I responded that if the USA had been under a brutal Communist regime and China was a rich, liberal democracy, then I’d be a collaborator (presuming I hadn’t escaped to China already). It’s an odd sort of patriotism to fight, kill and die for whatever government last happend to rule your country even when it’s clear that that government was a terrible disaster and much worse than the occupation. Yet that’s what many seem to expect of Iraqis. In fact, as an intelligent observer would expect, those fighting are either members of the former ruling class trying to re-instate their privileged position or people who expect to become the ruling class if they win.
An excellent analogy for the Lefties would be a South Africa where apartheid was toppled by an invasion instead of a willing transfer of power. The question answers itself of whether the Left and Old Media would be so sympathetic to armed members of the apartheid government conducting civilian reprisals to bring themselves back to power. Would such people be called “insurgents”? Would their violence be blamed on the presence of American troops?
But here, I suppose, we seen the essential racialism of the modern Left. It has a very “blood and soil” feel to it, where people are expected to fight against their own interests, and that of their nation, to maintain the racial / ethnic purity of their government. I don’t understand that, but then again I’m an American, a citizen of a nation of ideas, not bloodlines.