Hiding Hypocrisy in Plain Sight

It is clear from the Sunday talk shows that most (or all) opinion leaders see any significant inclusion of Islam in the Iraqi constitution as a kind of defeat. If Islam is a religion of peace, if Islam is “not the problem”, why do we care? (Does special status for Scandinavian Lutheranism similarly trouble us?) And if we care about Islam, why do we repeat the mantras?

I got to thinking about the other hypocrisies we hide in plain sight. Here are a few. Most "informed opinion" decries racial profiling. They say it is morally bankrupt and it doesn't even work. Just because a person looks a certain way doesn't mean he will act a certain way, they say. These same guys often support affirmative action, which is a clear and well-organized system of racial profiling.

Then we have the speaking for the troops and the families of the troops. They say that we are asking a small percentage of the U.S. population to bear the cost and it isn't fair, but we rarely ask the troops or their families what they think. Well, people with friends or relatives serving in Iraq are more likely than others to have a positive view of a generally unpopular war, an AP-Ipsos poll found. Should this change the rhetoric, or doesn't it matter?

Finally, there is the worn out Vietnam analogy. We hear that Iraq is like Vietnam. Any place any American troops have been deployed has probably been compared to Vietnam. But what lesson did we actually learn from Vietnam? When we left Vietnam (lost?) it made the world unstable for a decade, millions of people in SE Asia were murdered; the economies of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos went into the toilet (even while those around them soared). If Iraq is like Vietnam, is the lesson that we can't afford to lose?

Of course, I believe Dems are guiltier of these hypocrisies, but I know that - literally - we all do it, especially the Islam thing. It is an unconscious prejudice. Maybe it is something we should examine out in the open.

Posted by Jack at August 28, 2005 10:24 AM