May 06, 2007

Confessions Of An Anonymous Wingnut

I just got this email from someone who wishes to remain anonymous (wish granted). I publish it verbatim, without further comment:

OK. I visited your blog again today after seeing your latest comment at ITM. And your last post is exactly right.

I remember you from yr previous atttacks on Omar and Mohammed. I always thought you were a jerk, and I admit that I was one of the ppl who used to post nasty comments about you. To be honest, I guess I never thought to much about what you were saying or why you were saying it. I was just angry that you were disrupting a blog where I enjoyed spending time.

Sorry about that.

My attitude to the Iraq War and other things has changed a lot in the last few months. I no longer believe that the USA will achieve anything like "victory" in Iraq. In fact, I think the whole thing has been a big disaster, and I am very angry about it.

I am angry at all the people like George Tenet and Wolfowitz, who lied to us, but I am also angry at myself for believing the lies. Actually I don't think I ever really believed them, I just accepted them thoughlessly because they fitted with what I wanted to believe. I didn't really care if they were true of not.

I am also really sorry that I have spent so much of my time and enrgy on something that was not just worthless, but actually WRONG. Countless people have died because of lies that I helped to spread. When you stop and think about that, it is chilling.

For my "friends" and I the war was never real, it was just a TV game, a fantasy. We were a big, strong "team" and we worked hard to defeat "the enemy" (and that made us feel good about ourselves). But our enemy was never really Al Queda or even the insurgency, it was ppl like YOU. I only just realised that recently.

The Iraq War was a game to us. The rise of blogs and the Internet made it possible for us to join in, to be players on the field of battle. We already knew which "side" we were going to be on when Pres. Bush stood in the rubble of 911 and called us to action. What we didn;t know was where that action would lead us. Or who we were following.

You need to understand that many of the people "fighting" you are actually good, decent ppl who are just going in the wrong direction. BTW I still think that ppl like you and Michael Moore are jerks. Your rudeness actually forces ppl like me to ignore you, or fight you. A more polite and humble approach would be better. But that;s just free advice. What I really wanted to say was "thanks" becaue you were right and I was wrong, and maybe people like you helped me to wake up, in the end.

Also, I wanted to say about your comments about Mo and Omar being CIA agents, and people who post comments there being paid US agents and stuff. It's not true, at least I dont think so, but in a way it is true too.

For example, I know a guy with a kinda popular blog who makes a lot of money from advertising rightwing stuff. He is also increasingly skeptical about the war but he is afraid to say anything in case he loses his sponsors. Another guy got onto a college campus he never thought he would get and the dean (or somebody) said something like "great work on the internet, J." Then you have those US Attorneys, right? It's not as obvious as you think it is, but it's there: everybody supporting the war knows that it could be good for them one way or another, just like everyone who helps out on campaigns knows it could lead to a job or something later.

I'm sure the military is doing PsyOps too, of course, ad there have been a few strage comments at ITM that made even me think "HMMM" but I doubt its like u say.

OK gotta go. But I just wanted to say sorry.


I guess I can't blame you if you want to publish my email address, but please don't: I am working to fix some of the damage I have helped cause, so pls give me a chance. Like I said before, don't be a jerk! LOL.
Here is the post that did the trick, if anyone is interested. But I guess there were plenty of post and comments etc etc before that which also helped!

Bush is now at a record low of 28%. There must be a few million people feeling a lot like P. out there in BushWorld.


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