Friday, April 09, 2004Rant Round-up #4
I'm tired of seeing this. I'm tired of being lied to. I'm tired of excuses. I'm tired of living in a nation where everyone is continually at everyone else's throats. I'm tired of not being able to have a civil conversation with the opposition party. I'm tired of not being able to find a job. I'm tired of being afraid that if we lose the next election, we'll lose everything. I'm tired of being afraid of my own government's motivations. I'm tired of being right when my anxieties about our bad situation prove to be completely warranted. I'm tired of struggling against something that is so obviously wrong that even having to argue the point makes me despair for my society, and still never seeming to make any progress.
I'm guessing I'm not the only tired person in the United States right now.
One thing is becoming increasingly clear: there's no good way out of this war now. We can't stay and fight -- the longer we hang around, trying to force ur definition of peace on people who only want us to leave, the more lives will be needlessly lost. We can't leave -- we broke the country, and we're morally obligated to help put it back together. We can't hand over power -- who would we hand it to? Who could possibly take over and make this situation right? Every possible solution inevitably involves civil war, huge amounts of bloodshed, the spread of militant Islamic fundamentalism, more anti-American sentiment around the world, the triumph of corruption, and the humiliating failure of the American people. There are no good guys now, there is no happy outcome, there is no peaceful, prosperous, free democracy for Iraq... we're fucked, every way you look at it.
I want this to be over; I want to be done with it. And yet, I suspect, it'll be some years before we see the back of this miserable episode. I see very little hope for the United States within this decade -- and god, I want to be wrong about that. But this has been set in motion, and I can't see anything that can turn it around... if Kerry wins, then what? Does he get stuck with Bush's war, Bush's economy, Bush's deficit, Bush's divided society, Bush's strained diplomatic relationships, Bush's environmental policy, educational system, social services system, and tax code? Can we possibly anticipate anything more than a slow, painful recovery from a Kerry administration? Could anyone do any better? |