21. mar. 2003

Why we fight

Now that the war against Iraq has started I realise I'm actually for it. Yesterday I went to the central railwaystation here in Copenhagen. It was full of young anti-war demonstrators on their way home, most of them with a beer in their hands and in high spirits, some of them were singing what sounded like football-supporters songs -- appearently the only songs they knew. If the danish youth are bored with the Art-parties, the University-parties, the Highschool-parties, the numerous other parties, they have a NEW choice: The Anti-war parties.
On TV I saw an interview with a 13-year old Iraqi boy who was supporting his family of 5 people after his father had died in a bombardment. He was now the oldest male and thus the head of the family.
I think the Danish governments commitment to the war is mainly about national pride, I think our government believe in the idea of national pride and wants to show the world, and especially the U.S, that allthough small in size Denmark will do its part and can be counted on when it is time to defend democracy and fight terrorism.
Taking real action, taking real risks for what you believe in, fighting evil, liberating the oppressed, and all of this in the name of the only acceptable method of government to a modern conscience: Democracy.
The danish kids running around with banners want a taste of that too: Taking action, standing tall, drawing the line, fighting imperialism, having significance, feeling alive.
Of course kids drinking and partying is far better than kids marching into mine-fields with slogans on their foreheads, I think. But if you really are against this war beacuse you have sympathy for the Iraqi people you should join a humanitarian organisation and work actively to help them. I can't see painting your face with 1960's anti-war signs and getting drunk is any way different than painting the name of your favourite football team and getting drunk.
And all this while listening to speeches by the usual has-beens of the left wing who are getting some much wanted attention and reviving the hey-day of their youth: The Vietnam demonstrations.
Thay way I see this war the U.S has reached the level of power once occupied by the British Empire: The Empire floats calmly along the river of destiny and history, but every now and then it has to gently adjust it's course in order to avoid getting bogged down on one of the muddy banks. Removing an unpredictable and aggressive leader like Saddam and replacing him with a more pro-western leader is one such adjustment.