Saturday, April 03, 2004

Kos' Little Meltdown

On April Fool's Day Markos Zuniga of the Daily Kos posted the following (no April Fool's joke here):

Let the people see what war is like. This isn’t an Xbox game. There are real repercussions to Bush’s folly.
That said, I feel nothing over the death of mercenaries. They aren’t in Iraq because of orders, or because they are there trying to help the people make Iraq a better place. They are there to wage war for profit. Screw them. (via LGF)

After he started catching hell from other bloggers who expressed disagreement, he redirected the link away from the original post and to this "apology/explanation". That post demonstrated his fine appreciation of what approach to take when attempting to justify an unjustifiable opinion:

1. Grab shovel.
2. Jump into well.
3. Start digging, will get to China eventually....

Congratulations Mr. Zuniga, you actually made things worse. Why? Because your remarks in both cases demonstrated what a callous jackass you are. Your original post (insert amateur armchair psychology warning here) which probably reflected your real feelings on the deaths of those four people, showed a remarkable disregard for the humanity of those killed. Then, in your post that "explains" it you justify gloating over their deaths because they are "mercenaries" , which in the cesspool that substitutes for your mind, makes them less than human. You used the label "mercenary" (which may not be accurate, anyway) to stereotype and condemn them without even considering what jobs they were doing or what their intentions were. Perhaps you should take a look at the bios of some of those killed (as thoughtfully provided here by Jay Reding) to see why they decided to go to Iraq, before you spew hateful garbage from your keyboard. Perhaps, even, you might even try to judge these people by their actions and motivations, rather than just slapping a pejorative label on them and saying their deaths were OK.

If this is the kind of thinking common to the Democratic Left, that leaves little choice for this independent but to vote Republican this fall.

More links from the Instapundit.

Update: More comments from Mitch Berg and Blackfive.

Update the 2nd: Now Kos is whining about the criticism he's getting. (via Instapundit)

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