Dialogue with Infidel753: OYE Bingo Bonus Point!
Well, Infidel753's excuse is so blatant, and so minimizes the importance to Western Civilization As We Know It of the Global War on Terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, that we'll have to give everyone a bonus point (the Yellow Elephant in the middle) in Operation Yellow Elephant bingo. Of course, we've heard it before.
This weird form of ad hominem attack is not applied in other, comparable situations. I believe that we need firefighters, but no one argues that this belief obligates me to become a firefighter myself. I firmly support the difficult and dangerous struggle of the police against violent criminals, but no one would claim that this viewpoint means I have a duty to join the police force. I am very pleased that there are medical researchers hard at work developing treatments for the infectious and degenerative diseases which threaten our species, but I have not yet heard anyone claim that I have no right to feel that way unless I become a researcher myself. What a chickenhawk I am, advocating the defense of society while sitting at home and letting other people face those dangerous fires, criminals, and viruses in my place.
Well, Infidel753, I think that President Bush has clearly stated that the GWOT is not "comparable" to the situations you describe:
Yet this war is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. On one side are those who believe in freedom and moderation -- the right of all people to speak, worship, and live in liberty. On the other side are those driven by tyranny and extremism -- the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest.
We've asked Infidel753 whether he's even eligible to serve (healthy heterosexual 41 and under) or whether he's been told by a military recruiter that he's not. [In either case, he's off the hook with us.] But, since Infidel753 must approve comments before posting on his blog, please share your opinions here.