A few days ago, I accompanied my girlfriend to the doctor’s office–she was on light duty and not allowed to drive.
There was an older gentleman there–yeah, even older than me. Apparently he was a regular customer, because he was joking with the secretary. In the course of his comments, it came out that his grandson was in the Navy.
So I mentioned that my son was in the 82nd.
As the conversation progressed, I mentioned that I didn’t think much of my son’s boss.
And off he went. “We’re fighting them there so we don’t have to fight them here blah blah blah.”
I said that, as regards Afghanistan, I agree completely; as regards Iraq, we’ll have to agree to disagree, and went back to reading Samuel Pepys Diary.
Later, my girlfriend complimented me on my restraint.
I said, “There’s no point in arguing with a true believer.”
But there is a larger point.
How can he believe that we are fighting them in Iraq so we don’t have to fight them here, when there is no evidence that they (by which I assumed he meant Al Qaeda and their allies, as Iraq never posed a threat to the United States) were there in the first place?
Because he believes Bushie lies. Even after all that has happened to expose them.
That point is that there are persons out there who simply don’t pay attention to what’s going on in the world.
It is that ignorance which is the enemy.