Saturday, January 27, 2007

Response from Orson Scott Card

In response to his essay on "The Crisis of the Islamo-fascist War," I e-mailed him the following:
The Democrats will try to blame the disaster on Bush, but the American people will know that things went hopelessly wrong only after the Democrats forced our premature surrender to Islamo-fascism in Iraq.

No, the American people won't. The left will successfully blame the disaster on Bush.

"See, we told you it was a bad idea to invade Iraq! Bush stirred up a hornet's nest." As J.K. Rowling put it in HP6, people can forgive you for being wrong, but they'll never forgive you for being right.

Most of the American people still don't know how dishonorable our withdrawal from Vietnam was. I learned about the subsequent slaughter only a few years ago (I had heard about the Killing Fields, but no connection was ever made between that and our withdrawal), and here I was raised in Utah in a Republican household with John Bircher relatives.

The Left will never admit that it was wrong, and those who didn't get it after 9/11 still won't get it even if Valencia, California goes up under a mushroom cloud.

Today, in 2007, what does it matter whether we should or should not have invaded Iraq? The fact is that we did!

People seem to be operating under the assumption that had we not invaded Iraq, all would be well. We'd have found bin Laden, the Taliban would have been crushed instead of hunkered down in Waziristan, and we'd all go back to our lives and let the CIA swat down the few terrorists who emerge.

I swear to you, I read a comment by a troll on a conservative blog who dismissed the threat posed by the jihadis, saying, in essence, "look, they came at us with only 20 guys. How dangerous could they be?"

As if I need to tell you how incredibly illogical that argument is.

Anyway, keep fighting the good fight.

—Dicentra

His answer (if he'll forgive me for posting a private e-mail):
"Thanks for reassuring me that there ARE people even more cynical and depressed about our future than I am <grin>"

Well, yes, a lifetime of depression does give one skills in that area. But I will be ecstatically happy to be proven wrong wrong wrong. Or at least less depressed, which is about as good as it gets, sometimes.

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