Michael Ledeen at The Corner:
[A]sk yourself what's the difference between [Russia's incursion into Georgia] and the annexation of the Sudetenland? Including the paralysis of the so-called Western World in the face of deliberate, systematic military conquest.
And of course the silence of the Left is notable, since they so often pose as defenders of peace. Once again it turns out that American military action is judged evil, while our enemies can do the same without a word of protest. Where's Code Pink? Where's Ron Paul, for that matter...
What's the difference between our invasion of a sovereign nation and continuing to occupy it for 6 years and the annexation of the Sudetenland? Including the paralysis of the so-called Western World in the face of deliberate, systematic military conquest.
Anywayz, what does Ledeen want from Code Pink exactly? A stern blog post demanding Russia withdraw? Pinking the EU as it tries to negotiate an end to the crisis? Medea to immediately flight to Tblisi to act as a human shield?
Once again, ignorance of what the "peace movement" is all about and the intense desire of the Right to cry 'hypocrisy' in ad hominem attacks rear their ugly heads. Pinkers certainly are defenders of peace as their actions have shown time and again.
Newsflash to Ledeen and all the other critics of Code Pink: we are not the sole arbiters of peace, nor must we act or even have an opinion when ever a sparrow falls in every part of the globe. Just as when Saddam's crimes ("AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE!!!") were raised as the casus belli in our own illegal invasion, our demesne is not necessarily foreign regimes (note I didn't say "necessarily not").
Our charge is to change the one government over which we have inherent responsibilty. Ours. So we will continue to work for peace by trying to extricate ourselves from the moral and military quagmire in Iraq, trying to prevent our leaders from attacking yet another sovereign nation, and trying to dismantle the military industrial complex in our own damned country.
Regardless, it required Bush a few days to mobilize a response to the crisis so don't you think it might take a non-centralized, grassroots organization some time to figure things out? That said, I suspect that despite the usual lack of media coverage of Code Pink, local individuals and the group itself might be joining Georgians in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, or even London.
If Michael Ledeen and his ilk are really interested in world peace and working to prevent future wars like that between Russia and Georgia, they are more than welcome to join us in putting our own house in order and becoming a true moral leader in the global community.
(originally posted at Pax Americana)