Remember the outrage with Ken Bigley's death? Noticed the lack of the same over Margaret Hassan? The former a guy who went to Iraq for a quick buck, fully aware of the dangers, the latter an aid worker who spent 30 years in the country trying to help out.
Well, I just made the mistake of going to Fark for the first time in ages, and started looking at the reactions of some of the posters there to the news that Iraqis have been upset and outraged by this latest murder - a murder of someone who has done more to help their country than pretty much every coalition soldier combined.
Some of the comments actually made me feel rather sick. The sheer levels of hypocrisy, hatred, ignorance and arrogance are astounding.
I'd like to think these aren't typical of the views of the Bush-voting American majority, but sadly I have a feeling these quotes may be fairly representative. This is not what the United States should be about:
"THE UN HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A MOUTHPIECE FOR IRRELEVANT, RADICAL EUROTRASH LEFTISTS AND SLAVEHOLDING, GENOCIDAL, THIRD-WORLD ARAB MUSLIM-COCKROACHES - INCLUDING THE SUBHUMAN, UNELECTED, INBRED, FULL-OF-shiat "ROYAL FAMILIES" OF THE MIDEAST."
"Now if they can muster any respect and outrage for all those who have been "featured" in such classics as: "The beheading of Nick Berg" and "The most gruesome demise of Eugene Armstrong" I might take them more seriously."
"What gets me is the fact that some of these Iraqis HAVE to know the caves or mosques these killers are hiding in. Come on, each and every one of us know where the drug-dealers and crackheads live in there town. What makes these arabs any different?"
"I don't think it would be too much to ask for the Iraqi's to get off their collective arses and help fight these asshole scumbags that did this and those like them."
"Seriously, if the Iraqis won't fight for their freedom and will be totally indifferent to US support, put Saddam back in power and let him quell this little rebellion."
"So they are unhappy about her being killed? Why don't they get off their asses and do something about it. The whole farking middle east is a waste of time, it will never get better. These people don't know any better. They were chucking rocks at each other thousands of years ago and all that has changed is the addition of bombs and RPGs. They can't be tought to appreciate freedom when all they know is to kill each other. We would be better off trying to teach a bunch of chimps to live with some manner of civility."
"Good, I'm glad they're "outraged." Maybe now they'll actually help, but I don't think they will because it seems to me that most Iraqis are weak-minded, pathetic, and apathetic."
"Savages... All of them."
But at least some Farkers tried to argue back:
"Congratulations. Some of you have managed to turn a thread about the death of a woman who spent her life helping those less fortunate then herself into a pile of ignorant racist bilge."
The internet: fostering stupid debate since the mid-1990s.