Friday, July 07, 2006
I like to post some comedic links on Friday, preferably to bloggers. I regret to report that no blogger ever born has been, or will be (although The Anchoress does come close when discussing fruit, and Ferdy deserves an honorable mention), able to trump the awesome comedic spectacle of 2,700 Hollywood types fasting for 24 hours each in an attempt to inspire a US revolt against the war in Iraq:
Other supporters, including Penn, Sarandon, novelist Alice Walker and actor Danny Glover will join a 'rolling" fast, a relay in which 2,700 activists pledge to refuse food for at least 24 hours, and then hand over to a comrade.Indeed they don't, we agree, as we stand wiping the streams of tears from our eyes after swallowing half a bottle of Valium in a last-ditch effort to stop laughing or crying. Indeed they don't. Waving goodbye at the airport to friends and family in uniforms might have a wee bit more impact on our views.
Though the anti-war movement is trying hard to puncture public perceptions, some experts believe such protests have little impact on how Americans view foreign wars.
While I believe that most Americans respect those who have genuine scruples of conscience about waging war, it is impossible for a sane individual to respect someone fasting for 24 hours to protest a war. Such a protest amounts to a toddler having a temper tantrum because he's been made to stand in a corner just because he tried to shove his rotten sister down the stairs. The thing is, people die in wars. People are maimed in wars. All wars are terrible - the best war can only be a necessary evil. So war is a serious, serious thing, and if you have honestly concluded that the only way to convey to society your deep conviction that a particular war is unjustified and a crime against humanity, by fasting, you are going to have to do it seriously.
Fasting for 24 hours can only be
- a mortal insult to the friends and families of those who have died or been injured in the war;
- evidence that your opposition to the war is not serious,
- even stronger evidence that 1) you are either too amoral to realize how inane this is or 2) that you consider the American public to be too dumb to figure out your lack of seriousness, and therefore:
- proof positive that you have the MIQ (moral IQ) of a tick.
If we never have to hear from or see the stupid, self-satisfied, amoral faces of these Hollywood protesters again, we'll get a chance to rationally assess the type of vacuum that their absence creates, and a chance to contrast the empty space they leave with the echoing vacuum our friends and family over there, in the hospital or underground have left in our lives.
Until then, we'll be right here, laughing at the protestors, mourning for those who have died or been injured in this war, contributing money to veterans' groups, and in general, earnestly working for a better world as our own consciences dictate. Because the truth is, we do have consciences, and we do not need publicity for them to kick in. And the truth is, these Hollywood types deserve nothing but universal and caustic contempt for what they are doing.
Abandoning a fast before that third day makes fasting meaningless as a demonstration of earnest feeling.
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