Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Busted Moral Compass Indeed

This post by Jeff Simmermon is getting a lot of play on the blogs. He is a "terrifically loudmouthed critics of the Bush administration" who visited an exile Iraqi polling station in Virginia during the election. He took a few pictures and talked to some of the voters. The stories he got are, sadly, typical: people whose relatives were murdered under Hussein in various horrific ways.

Simmermon is an honest writer at times. "You may think that you have felt dumb before, but let me tell you something: until you have stood in front of a man who knows real pain and told him that you are against your country's alleviation of his country's state-sponsored murderous suffering, you have not felt truly, deeply, like a total fucking moron." Here, here.

Still, after interviewing half a dozen people "bursting" with the "sheer joy" of voting, after hearing tales of death and near-death and unspeakable personal loss, he can still write this sentence:

"I know we shouldn't have gone, and I think Rove is as evil as they come."

I couldn't have created a better example of the moral quagmire of the far Left. He just talked to people who fled a murderous dictator, whose families were purposefully murdered over a 25 year period, yet Rove is as evil as they come. Here is a man, honest though he may be, who is so lost in a swamp of resentment that he uses the word "evil" to describe, not a mass murdering tyrannt, but a political operative in a democratic society.

Again, he's honest. At least he admits it. "I feel like such a whiner and I don't know what to think anymore. (snip) ... and my moral compass is tired and busted. I can't tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys, and I want a clear cut mandate, some lines to believe along. But there aren't any."

But there are. Rove didn't murder people. Hussein murdered hundreds of thousands by his direct orders. He murdered others personally. Supporters of Hussein are bad guys. At least that much is clear.

If this is the beginning of a reawakening among the Left, I'm all for it. But this post shows just how far they have to come.

For more on this, Citizen Smash, the San Diego based blogger, posted an open letter to Simmermon.

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