I just caught the last few minutes of Sean Hannity's radio show and his buddy Alan Colmes called in and they were talking and Alan had mentioned an exchange that had taken place on last night's "Hannity & Colmes" show on Fox News between Alan and Michael Reagan.
Alan told Sean that he was upset that Michael had used yesterday, which - according to Alan - should be a day of "joyous celebration" at the first real signs of the liberation of the Iraqi people, as a day to (quoting Alan) "beat up on the Left and liberals...".
That reminded me what BRussell posted earlier about this thread: "this went from a happy thread to pscates explaining why liberals suck" or something along those lines.
That's two people who kinda maybe got caught not being as right/on top of it as they'd hoped? Maybe we on the right, war-supporting side had the temptation to...I don't want to say "gloat" because this is not a gloating, frivolous thing, but speaking just for myself and being completely honest, I felt like grinding it in a bit to some of you.
And it was cool to see pfflam and a couple of others here actually say "hmmm...maybe I had this wrong...I might need to rethink this...". I thought that was cool and admirable on his part.
But all this time, leading up to this, we heard SO many gloom and doom, horrible predictions and statements made by many about how much of a disaster this would be, how the Iraqi people wouldn't welcome us, etc.
It was indeed a joyous day, but I got the feeling from listening to Alan earlier (and it triggered my memory of BRussell's post from this morning) that Alan knew he was wrong and instead of Sean and Michael beating him (figuratively, of course) on live TV was painful to him and he just wanted to the subject change and wanted to talk about the "joy" and the "celebration" and the "stunning successes" of the U.S. troops in Baghdad.
I think that's a lot of yesterday: things going better than many had hoped (although many of us knew it would be and were simply waiting for it to happen...waiting for the people to realize Saddam is gone and our troops AREN'T there to kill them, but to liberate them). But those caught kinda on the backside - the "oops" side - understandably got their back up a bit.
Some copped to it, some could admit it and others simply couldn't. Or wouldn't.
In any case, it would be asking A LOT for those of us on the other side, who - after months of all this hassle - have supported this action and were confident in how it would largely go, to resist a bit of "see? What did I tell you?".
We're only human. And, in some cases, it felt good (yeah, I won't lie) to be able to - if only briefly - kinda go "you don't know everything, people...". I know Alan referred to it and I think that was in a lot of BRussell's post because I was on a bit of a joyous high yesterday (still am today, actually).
Beyond all that, I do think it is a good thing. A positive thing. And yes, we can't be everywhere at once and tackle all the other oppression and abuse in the world (but we do what we can), but it doesn't - and shouldn't - diminish the happiness in this particular case. Anyone with a heart and a simple notion of right/wrong and good/bad HAS to look at the progress made and the events of the past several days and go "maybe they'll have a life now?"
I take so much for granted and it takes times like these to make me realize that nothing is guaranteed and that only by luck I was born somewhere where I can say what I want, when I want and how I want and not have the hell beaten out of me. Or worse.