Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:December 2nd, 2009 12:10 EST
Michael Moore`s disapproval with the Possible Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

Michael Moore`s disapproval with the Possible Troop Buildup in Afghanistan

By Sean Beelzebul

Don`t be deceived into thinking that sending a few more troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could send a million troops over there and the crazy Right still wouldn`t be happy. You would still be the victim of their incessant venom on hate radio and television because no matter what you do, you can`t change the one thing about yourself that sends them over the edge. "(michaelmoore.com)

Michael Moore raises several good points about war and hatred in his open letter on his website. He points out, that the public expected Obama to stop the war in Afghanistan, and that with his very power as president he could have. He uses a bit of his typical sardonic humor to express his points about what he feels is an unnecessary war. He taunts the war with an analogy made between the invasion of Afghanistan from the US and the invasion 30 years ago from the USSR, which Moore describes as the final nail in the coffin ".  Moore treats the war as a potential failure and huge mistake if Obama continues in pushing a possible troop buildup of 70,000 troops in Afghanistan.

What is the validity of Moore`s position?

Well, while seemingly good-natured in intention, Moore`s anti-war activism and government criticism appear to me a bit disingenuous. Moore`s arguments are not always sound.  Moore`s profession is as a critical filmmaker, he is clearly not an IR analyst. Michael Moore, will often stretch the validity of his arguments, to garner more attention. Given the circumstances surrounding Afghanistan and the fact that war has already been invested in and begun, our Governments ability to pull out of the war is limited in the first place.

Personally, I hate war; I hate violence and wanton murder of any sort. But given the position the country has been placed-in by starting a war without the necessary resources, I believe it to be more costly to pull out of the war, than to finish it. Pulling out of the war, would not cease terrorism. Conversely, winning the war probably won`t either. However, pulling out of the war would allow Terrorism to thrive and flourish even. More than likely, it would appear as a victory to the terrorists, they would gain strength and fight even harder.

Michael Moore does not understand that Terrorism in the world of Afghanistan is a new religion, a Wahabite hate dogma, that is not only a defilement of Islam, but a doctrine that will not cease until the West is eradicated. I do not hate Islam either. Personally, I try not to hate a single thing. However, I do hate fundamentalist extremism in any religion, not simply Islam.