Iraqi blogger Ali says to Howard Dean in response to his statement that “[The Iraqis'] living standard is a whole lot worse now than it was before:”
Don?t you agree that by saying those words you accuse the American soldiers of one of two charges each of which is worse than the other;
You are saying that, either they are stupid enough to sacrifice their lives for the sake of GWB political future, or they are evil people who love fighting and killing and they are doing this only for money, in other words they?re no more than mercenaries. Saying that you only disagree with the way this issue is handled will also not change the fact that you are only harming your men and women on the battlefield.
By statements like these you deny any honourable motives for the great job your people are doing here. How in your opinion will this affect the morality of your soldiers? Feeling that their people back at home don?t support them and that they?re abandoned to fight alone in the battlefield.
And all of this for what? For staying in the white house for 4 or 8 years? Is it worth it?
And this is not directed only to Mr. Dean, it?s for all the Americans who support such allegations without being aware of their consequences. What?s it that you fight so hard for, showing your soldiers as s occupiers and murderers, the soldiers who I had the honour of meeting many, and when talking to some of them, I didn?t see anything other than gentleness, honesty and good will and faith in what they?re doing.
Read it all.
(Thanks to Jeff Jarvis for the pointer.)