My Two Cents: Things I'm getting really tired of, Part I

Well, it’s been two weeks since my last column, due to the Presidents Day holiday and sheer laziness, respectively. Well, enough chit-chat. With all that’s happening in the world today, here are some things I’m really getting tired of:

Certain anti-war protesters: As I’ve said before, there are differences of opinion on what is most certainly the impending war with Iraq, and I’m fine with that. I believe there are legitimate arguments to be made against a pre-emptive strike against Saddam Hussein’s government. What is abhorrent, however, are the wildly inappropriate ad hominem attacks against President Bush made by some of the protesters. During the worldwide anti-war protests of a few weeks ago, many people could be seen carrying signs that read “Bush is Hitler,” “Bush is an International Terrorist,” and the like. Really? The sitting president of the United States is comparable to the Nazi dictator whose government brought bureaucratic efficiency to killing millions of Jews and was responsible for starting the Second World War? Ironically, Saddam Hussein is much more Hitler-like, but these protesters would rather paint Bush as the bad guy.

Pompous celebrity moralizing: America’s television and movie stars are also more than welcome to their opinions on war with Iraq. I’m just sick of the mostly anti-war Hollywood crowd’s inflated sense of self-importance on this issue, as if we should give their opinions more credence simply because they’re famous. Note to Martin Sheen: You only play the president on the television show “The West Wing.”

France: And speaking of self-importance, has there ever been such an arrogant nation with so little to be arrogant about? With regard to war with Iraq, France has engaged in appeasement-like foot-dragging in the U.N., unsuccessfully attempted to deny NATO member Turkey that organization’s protection in case hostilities break out, and basically told Eastern Europe it should’ve kept quiet instead of supporting the U.S. position. All this from a nation best known for a military that surrenders at the drop of a beret. At least when America is called arrogant, we can take some pride in the fact we’re the strongest military, economic and cultural power on earth.

“My Two Cents” is a weekly column where the author – who is tired of a few other things, but ran out of space to write more – gets in his two cents worth in spite of the old saying that you only get a penny for your thoughts.